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Nadler to miss conclusion of Senate trial to be with wife

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), one of the House impeachment managers, announced Friday that he would be missing the likely conclusion of the Senate impeachment trial to be home with his wife who is undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer.

Nadler, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, is one of seven House Democrats chosen by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to present the articles of impeachment against President Trump.

“I am sorry to not be able to stay in Washington for the conclusion of the Senate impeachment trial but I need to be home with my wife at this time,” Nadler tweeted. “We have many decisions to make as a family. I have every faith in my colleagues and hope the Senate will do what is right.”

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Last week Nadler announced that he would be missing a day of the impeachment trial on Monday. His wife was diagnosed with cancer in December, after the House Judiciary Committee marked up the two articles of impeachment the Senate is currently assessing. 

“I am sorry to miss some of the Senate Impeachment Trial, which is of critical importance to our democracy,” Nadler wrote then. “I plan to return to Washington late Monday and appreciate the support of my colleagues and staff as I take this time to be with my wife and begin the long fight against her cancer.”

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The Senate is set to vote on whether to bring in witnesses to the trial as early as Friday. Republicans are growing confident they will be able to block witnesses and move to end the trial, which is widely expected to result in Trump’s acquittal.

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