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Dem lawmaker: It's time to send impeachment to the Senate
01:38 - Source: CNN
Washington CNN  — 

The Democratic chairman of the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday publicly called for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate before quickly walking the comments back.

Earlier Thursday morning, Rep. Adam Smith of Washington told CNN’s John Berman on “New Day” that “it is time” for Pelosi to send the articles, a notable dissent from a prominent House Democrat. CNN has reported that some Senate Democrats have grown restless over the delay, which Pelosi has claimed is necessary to ensure the Senate trial has fair rules, but House Democrats have largely avoided publicly breaking with their speaker.

Smith quickly walked back the comments on Twitter following his “New Day” interview.

“I misspoke this morning, I do believe we should do everything we can to force the Senate to have a fair trial. If the Speaker believes that holding on to the articles for a longer time will help force a fair trial in the Senate, then I wholeheartedly support that decision,” Smith tweeted.