Pelosi was particularly upbeat Friday as she strode through the Capitol, despite the mounting pressure on her to quit delaying the trial. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated that he is postponing the decision on whether to call witnesses in the trial until later on in the process.
In regards to Bolton, who recently stated he is open to testifying before Congress, Pelosi did not rule out moving to subpoena him if the Senate fails to bring him in as a witness. But it couldn't come at a worse time for Minnesota U.S. Sen. "The president ... shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors".
"There will be no haggling with the House over Senate procedure", he said on Wednesday. He's the president who said "I should have impeached George Bush because of the war in Iraq" and now he's saying I'm obsessed.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is seeking a speedy trial to acquit the president and is reluctant to seek more witnesses. Republicans hold 53 seats and the Democratic caucus holds 47.
"New polling shows that the totally partisan Impeachment Hoax is going nowhere".
That resolution set deadlines for the prosecution and defence to submit "trial briefs" that laid out their cases in writing. "And we think that would be with witnesses and documentation", Pelosi said.
While the president lashed out on Twitter, preparations continued on both sides of the aisle for a piece of pure Washington theatre.
Mr McConnell wants to consider calling witnesses well after the proceedings begin and has support from enough Republican lawmakers to adopt his plan without backing from Democrats.
Update: Pelosi appears to have caved, telling fellow Democrats she'll transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate next week.
McConnell's no-witness trial strategy has been complicated by several developments in the past two weeks.
The top Democrat's announcement virtually assures that a historic trial of Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress begins this month, as anticipated. Yet questions remain in the Senate on the scope, format and duration. "You can't be in the White House as president - future, I'm talking about future, many future presidents - and have a security adviser, anybody having to do with security, and legal, and other things" testify, the president said.
Pelosi repeatedly stated her faith in the case that she said will be sent to the Senate this week, but also made clear the trial is by no means the end of the fight against Trump.
The former national security adviser clashed with the president's Ukraine policy, saying he didn't want to be part of any "drug deal" being cooked up. Trump and Ukrainian officials have denied the allegations.
Chuck Cooper, an attorney for Bolton, declined to comment.
People to defy congressional subpoenas from the House include Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump's personal lawyers, and White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.
House Democrats impeached Trump on December 18, 2019, alleging the president had engaged in "high crimes and misdemeanors" in his dealings with Ukraine.