Most of us thought House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) would submit the articles of impeachment once the new year arrived, but that is not the case.
Pelosi just announced that she is continuing to double down on her policy that the articles will not be released to the Senate until she knows the rules of the trial.
Democrats had their chance to make their case for impeachment during the House hearings, and they failed miserably. Now, Democrat leadership is panicking that Senate Republicans may give them a taste of their own medicine.
Pelosi stated on Friday, “In an impeachment trial, every U.S. Senator is required to take an oath to ‘do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws.” She went on to rip McConnell for “doubling down on his violation of his oath.”
She then issued a decree that “the GOP Senate must immediately proceed in a manner worthy of the Constitution and in light of the gravity of the President’s unprecedented abuses. No one is above the law, not even the President.”
Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and other Senate Republicans have not been shy about stating they would prefer a dismissal vote to take place after opening arguments rather than drag out a hearing.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has requested several witnesses be called for Democrats, which is rather ironic considering that House Democrats refused to extend the same courtesy to House Republicans.
McConnell seems to be leaning toward giving Democrats the same treatment in the Senate. His point was they had their chance to make a case under their rules, so they don’t get to dictate what happens in the Senate now.
It’s not happening
Pelosi is determined to have the Senate trial conducted under her rules, but McConnell has said no way that is going to happen. He stated on Friday, “Let me clarify Senate rules and Senate history for those who may be confused.
“First, about this fantasy that the Speaker of the House will get to hand-design the trial proceedings in the Senate, that’s obviously a non-starter.”
Since they rushed their case, they don’t get to try to correct their errors by making demands on the Senate. McConnell reiterated that the Senate will “continue the ordinary business of the Senate while House Democrats continue to flounder.”
Public opinion is quickly swaying against House Democrats as well, with a recent poll stating 58 percent of Americans want Pelosi to advance the articles to the Senate.