Analysis by Stephen Collinson, CNN
Updated 9:32 AM ET, Tue January 14, 2020
Washington (CNN) The imminent final act of America’s impeachment ordeal will be played for far higher political stakes than might be expected given the all-but-guaranteed acquittal of President Donald Trump in his trial in the Republican-led Senate.
The long wait for the trial to begin — nearly four weeks pulsating with political gamesmanship after the House voted to consign Trump to historic ignominy — finally looks to be over.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, will meet her troops on Tuesday and is expected to finally relent in her refusal to send the articles of impeachment to the other chamber — a delay triggered by a bid to dictate the terms of the trial.
Finally, the Senate will get the chance to assess whether Trump, the third president ever impeached by the House, is guilty of the standard of “high crimes and misdemeanors” for trying to coerce Ukraine to dig up dirt on his possible 2020 election foe Joe Biden.