Pelosi Will Send Articles of Impeachment To Senate Next Week, Republicans Celebrate
Speaker of The House and California Rep. Nancy Pelosi has decided to send in the Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump next week.
“I have asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to be prepared to bring to the Floor next week a resolution to appoint managers and transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Friday.
“I will be consulting with you at our Tuesday House Democratic Caucus meeting on how we proceed further,” she added.
Speaker Pelosi and House Majority Leader and Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell have been at war over sending the Articles. But the Speaker held on to the articles, she said, in order to push for, what she called, a “fair trial” in the Senate.
“The American people have clearly expressed their view that we should have a fair trial with witnesses and documents, with more than 70 percent of the public stating that the President should allow his top aides to testify.
“Clearly, Leader McConnell does not want to present witnesses and documents to Senators and the American people so they can make an independent judgment about the President’s actions,” Pelosi said.
Dismissing The Charges
With a Republican-led Senate, the chance that President Trump will be impeached and removed from the presidency is slim. Doing so in today’s hyper-partisan era would risk political career suicide for sitting Republicans, even if a handful peel off and join Democrats.
That became even more abundantly apparent on Thursday when Sen. McConnell signed on to legislation that would dismiss the impeachment if The House did not send the articles to the Senate.
“For weeks now, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has been engaged in tactics of delay in presenting transparency, disregard for the American people’s interest for a fair trial and dismissal of the facts,” Speaker Pelosi said.
“Yesterday, he showed his true colors and made his intentions to stonewall a fair trial even clearer by signing on to a resolution that would dismiss the charges.
“A dismissal is a cover-up and deprives the American people of the truth. Leader McConnell’s tactics are a clear indication of the fear that he and President Trump have regarding the facts of the President’s violations for which he was impeached,” Pelosi added.
Speaker Pelosi is still furious at Sen. McConnell and Republicans but risked losing political capital by the day after insisting impeachment was so urgent that it had to be done before 2020.
Republicans celebrated the Speaker’s news on Friday.
“Pelosi lost. Again. She’s caving and sending her Articles of Impeachment to the Senate without getting a single one of her absurd demands because her own party got fed up with her games, Rep. Steve Scalise said.
“What an embarrassment! This was a total waste of time. Dems aren’t serious,” the Louisiana representative added.
“Great news week for the President: -Eliminated Soleimani -New sanctions on Iran -140k more jobs this month -Dow clears 29,000 -Court allows $3.6 billion for the Wall No wonder Pelosi announced she’ll finally send the articles to the Senate,” Rep. Jim Jordan said.
But Leader McConnell only responded “About time” when asked on Capitol Hill for his thoughts on the Speaker sending the articles.
Pelosi is expected to announce her impeachment managers next week and then it will be the job of the Senate to set a date for trial.