House to vote today to send Impeachment case to Senate, says Pelosi Jan 15, 2020 0 1111 12345 AFPWashingtonThe US House of Representatives will vote on Wednesday on sending articles of Impeachment against Donald Trump to the Senate, setting the stage for the president’s trial for abuse of power, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced.“The American people deserve the truth, and the Constitution demands a trial,” she said in a statement on Tuesday. “The House will now proceed with a vote on transmitting the articles of Impeachment and naming Impeachment managers on Wednesday, January 15. The president and the senators will be held accountable.”Trump became only the third US president to be impeached on December 18 when the House voted to formally charge him with illicitly seeking help from Ukraine for his reelection campaign this year.Trump has branded the case a “hoax” and a “witch hunt” but the White House was girding for a trial that could present damaging evidence against the US leader on national television over two weeks or more.Pelosi had delayed delivering the articles of impeachment to pressure the Republican-controlled Senate to agree to subpoena witnesses with direct knowledge of Trump’s pressuring Ukraine to announce a corruption probe into potential Democratic rival Joe Biden. But with Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell refusing to agree up front on the witness issue, Pelosi has decided to move ahead.That could see the Senate open trial proceedings as early as Wednesday, with the presentation of the articles of impeachment, the swearing in of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts as presiding judge, and then Roberts swearing in the 100 senators to act as jurors in the case.“It’s going to be very soon,” Democratic representative Raja Krishnamurthi told MSNBC.“People were united, they were resolute in the notion that articles, once transmitted to the Senate, need to be heard and there needs to be a fair trial. And that means witnesses and additional documents.” RELATED ARTICLES Tens of thousands Filipinos in limbo as volcano could spew lava, ash for weeks Jan 15, 2020 0 757 JAPANESE PREMIER ABE WRAPS UP GULF TOUR IN OMAN Jan 15, 2020 0 656 Over 130 dead as severe weather hits Pakistan, Afghanistan Jan 15, 2020 0 1091 Malaysia drops sex assault probe of PM-in-waiting Anwar Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s leader-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim will not face charges over claims he sexually assaulted a male former aide, prosecutors said on Tuesday, the latest such scandal to tarnish the veteran .. Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills nine in China Beijing: An enormous sinkhole swallowed a bus and pedestrians in northwest China, sparking an explosion and killing nine people, state media said on Tuesday. Footage showed people at a bus stop running from the .. US slaps sanctions over North Korea overseas workers Washington: The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on two companies for exploiting North Korean overseas labour after a UN deadline to return workers who bring vital revenue to the regime. The Treasury .. Kerala challenges Indian citizenship law in top court DPA New Delhi India’s southern state of Kerala on Tuesday became the first in the country to legally challenge a new citizenship law that has sparked nationwide protests. The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019 is a .. Ireland to hold early election on Feb 8, says PM Varadkar Dublin: Ireland will go to the polls next month in an early general poll, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Tuesday, as he seeks to capitalise on a successful Brexit deal and restored power-sharing in Northern Ireland. .. Russia hacked company key to Trump’s impeachment, says security firm Washington: Russia’s military spy agency hacked a Ukrainian gas company linked to the impeachment of US President Donald Trump, a California-based cybersecurity company said on Tuesday. Starting in November, .. US sanctions lead to shortages of cooking gas in Cuba Havana: Cuba is suffering from shortages of cooking gas due to US sanctions on the island, the state oil company Union Cubapetroleo has said. Sanctions that were announced in November on the state energy company .. Microsoft CEO critical of new India citizenship law New Delhi: Microsoft’s chief executive hit out at the government of his native India and joined criticism of a new citizenship law. Speaking at an event in New York, Microsoft boss Satya Nadella implied the law could stop a ..