House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House will take steps next week to send articles of impeachment to the Senate for President Donald Trump's trial.

In a letter Friday to her Democratic colleagues, Pelosi said she has asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to be prepared to bring to the floor next week a resolution to transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate.  Pelosi has held on to the articles in a standoff with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

House Democrats impeached Trump three weeks ago on charges of abuse and obstruction over his actions toward Ukraine.

(Story By LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK/AP)