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Pelosi: Dismissing impeachment case would be a 'cover up'

Pelosi: Dismissing impeachment case would be a 'cover up'
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House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Moderna to apply for emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine candidate | Hospitals brace for COVID-19 surge | US more than doubles highest number of monthly COVID-19 cases House Democrats urge congressional leaders to support .1B budget for IRS Bipartisan Senate group holding coronavirus relief talks amid stalemate MORE (D-Calif.) said the Senate dismissing the impeachment case against President TrumpDonald John TrumpGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race Scott Atlas resigns as coronavirus adviser to Trump MORE would amount to "a cover up."

The Speaker noted on ABC’s “This Week” that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate approves two energy regulators, completing panel On The Money: Biden announces key members of economic team | GOP open to Yellen as Treasury secretary, opposed to budget pick | GAO: Labor Department 'improperly presented' jobless data Senate GOP open to confirming Yellen to be Biden's Treasury secretary MORE (R-Ky.) “very unusually” signed on Thursday to co-sponsor a resolution to dismiss the impeachment case before the House sends the articles of impeachment to the Senate.

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“This Week” host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosPressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win Top aide: Biden expected to visit Georgia in push to boost Ossoff, Warnock Chris Christie: Trump's legal team has been 'a national embarrassment' MORE pushed back against Pelosi, saying that McConnell has agreed to hold the opening statements from each side before taking action.

“I’m telling you that he signed on Thursday to a resolution to dismiss the case,” she said. “Dismissing is a cover up.”

“If they want to go that route again, the senators who are thinking now about voting for witnesses or not – they will have to be accountable for not having a fair trial,” she added. 

The Speaker also indicated that there was a possibility the House could submit new articles of impeachment to the Senate or subpoena former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonPressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win Sunday shows - Virus surge dominates ahead of fraught Thanksgiving holiday Bolton calls on GOP leadership to label Trump's behavior 'inexcusable' MORE, but said "let's just see what the Senate does."

"But we do think there's enough evidence to remove the president from office," she added.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Trump pardons Flynn | Lawmakers lash out at decision | Pentagon nixes Thanksgiving dining hall meals due to COVID-19 Democratic impeachment leaders blast Trump's pardon of Flynn Trump pardons Michael Flynn MORE (D-Calif.), meanwhile, said on CBS's "Face the Nation" that his panel is considering subpoenaing Bolton.

Shortly before Pelosi's ABC interview, President Trump tweeted that Stephanopoulos should ask “why she allowed Adam ‘Shifty’ Schiff to totally make up my conversation with the Ukrainian President & read his false words to Congress and the world, as though I said it?”

Schiff headed the initial impeachment inquiry hearings in the House and was accused of embellishing the president’s phone conversation with the Ukrainian president.

The impeachment inquiry into the president began in the House began after a whistleblower report said he asked the Ukrainian president to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Senate approves two energy regulators, completing panel Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race MORE and his son. The House approved two articles of impeachment, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, for which Trump will face trial in the Senate.

But Pelosi has yet to send the articles to the upper chamber, saying she wants to see the rules of the upcoming Senate trial. She said she plans to consult her members on Tuesday, who will vote on when to pass the articles to the Senate.

--This report was updated at 11:10 a.m.