House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) faces the property managers before signing the two impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump during a trust ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on January 15, 2020.
Leah Millis | Reuters
Articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump that the House of Representatives passed last month were officially forwarded to the Senate on Wednesday, paving the way for a trial that is slated to begin next week.
Before the articles on the U.S. Capitol reached the Senate Chamber, House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Signed a resolution that allowed her to officially name the House members who act as impeachment managers ,
The decision also allowed the house to provide funds for the process itself.
It is "very clear," Pelosi said before signing the document, "that this president will be held accountable."
The resolution was passed on Wednesday in a vote between 228 and 193, almost party-politically. No Republicans voted for it.
House Democrats voted on December 18 for Trump's article indictment – Congress abuse of power and disability – in connection with his efforts to persuade Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter as well to announce a debunked conspiracy theory about the 2016 elections.
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Said he thought the impeachment process could begin on Tuesday.
He and other Republicans received the articles in the Senate Chamber.
"I am confident that this panel can overcome short-term and factional fever and serve our nation's long-term interests," said McConnell in the Senate when the articles were revised.
On Wednesday, Pelosi introduced the seven House Democrats who will act as impeachers in the Senate trial.
House managers will essentially act as prosecutors in the Senate process, presenting evidence gathered by the House investigators and taking a stand that senators should dismiss Trump while Trump's law team defends him.
The 100 senators, in turn, will act as jurors if they consider how they will vote on Trump's two impeachment procedures passed by parliament last month. It is very unlikely that two-thirds of the GOP majority will vote to sentence a Republican president and remove him from office. No Senate Republican has announced that he will vote in favor of a conviction.
Trump is only the third US president ever indicted. He denied any wrongdoing.