Ahead of impeachment trial, Trump suggests not having it

Laura Albinson of Pasadena, Md., displays a message for members of the House as they leave the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday the House will take steps next week to sent articles of impeachment to the Senate for President Donald Trump's Senate trial. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

President Donald Trump says the Senate should simply dismiss the impeachment case against him. It’s an extraordinary suggestion as the House is poised to transmit the charges to the chamber for the historic trial. Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned senators will “pay a price” if they block new testimony, saying Americans want a “fair trial.” The Republican leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell, has signed on to a plan to dismiss the impeachment charges but does not have enough Senate support for it. Trump was impeached on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress over his actions toward Ukraine.