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Democrat Rep. Smith Walks Back Comments on Pelosi and Impeachment Articles

 Rep. Adam Smith questions witnesses during a hearing on Capitol Hill.
Rep. Adam Smith (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 09 January 2020 01:43 PM

House Armed Services Chairman Adam Smith is walking back his comments earlier Thursday that called on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to send the impeachment articles to the Senate and allow a trial to begin.

“I misspoke this morning, I do believe we should do everything we can to force the Senate to have a fair trial,” the Washington Democrat said on Twitter. “If the speaker believes that holding on to the articles for a longer time will help force a fair trial in the Senate, then I wholeheartedly support that decision.”

Earlier Thursday, Smith said on CNN that it was time to send the articles to the Senate and let Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “be responsible for the fairness of the trial.”

Pelosi has faced calls from several Senate Democrats to end the delay. She has said she’s waiting to send the articles until she sees the Senate’s planned trial procedures. Senate Democrats Dianne Feinstein of California and Chris Murphy of Connecticut are among those who have said it’s time to start the trial.

McConnell, on the Senate floor Thursday morning, again hammered Pelosi for withholding the articles.

”If the speaker continues to refuse to take her own accusations to trial, the Senate will move forward next week with the business of the people,” McConnell said, possibly including the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement.

Pelosi on Thursday told reporters she knows "exactly when" she'll transmit the articles, and that she is not concerned about the anxiety that some House and Senate Democrats are starting to show over the impasse between herself and McConnell. 

"We'd like to see how we're going to proceed, and then we'll know who to send," she said. "I have an obligation to my members, especially those on the committees, to do justice to their work."

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House Armed Services Chairman Adam Smith is walking back his comments earlier Thursday that called on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to send the impeachment articles to the Senate and allow a trial to begin."I misspoke this morning, I do believe we should do everything we can to...
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