House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has suffered yet another major defeat in regard to impeachment. Her plan to withhold the articles against Donald Trump to gain leverage is clearly not working, as the Senate refuses to bow to her demands.
Because of that, Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) indicated on Tuesday that he believes Pelosi is finally ready to reverse her course and send the articles to the Senate without a pretrial witness testimony agreement, the Washington Examiner reported.
Collapse in support
Pelosi has only tightened her grip on the articles of impeachment for the better part of a month, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that she has no leverage to bring Republicans to the table.
Schumer, who has been working closely with Pelosi on impeachment, said on Tuesday: “She wanted to see the arena in which she was playing when it came to a trial so she could appoint impeachment managers, now it’s becoming clear that Mitch McConnell will do whatever he can to avoid a fair trial, so she has some idea of what’s happening.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) knows Pelosi has no power over the Senate. “There will be no haggling with the House over Senate procedure. We will not cede our authority to try this impeachment. The House Democrats’ turn is over. The Senate has made its decision,” he said, according to WREJ in Memphis.
Several Senate Democrats have begun to publically pressure Pelosi to stop playing games and advance the articles of impeachment.
Most notably, Pelosi’s fellow San Francisco Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), has come to the conclusion that Pelosi’s strategy isn’t working. Feinstein is fed up with Pelosi’s antics, saying: “If we’re going to do it, she should send them over, I don’t see what good delay does,” according to Bloomberg reporter Laura Litvan.
Three other Democrat senators — Doug Jones (AL), Christoper Murphy (CT), and Joe Manchin (WV) — have joined Feinstein in pressing Pelosi to move forward, according to Breitbart.
Bad news for Democrats
McConnell has made it clear from the start that this Senate trial will follow the precedent set by the trial of Bill Clinton. Democrat leadership wants different rules, but unfortunately for them, McConnell isn’t budging.
For Feinstein and other Senate Democrats, damage control is the name of the game. Republicans killing impeachment in the Senate will at least give Democrats a narrative to work with.
Despite her own party turning against her, Pelosi still hasn’t given any public indication that she’s ready to back down.
The stalemate will go on as long as Pelosi wants it to. Meanwhile, the Senate will go back to confirming President Trump’s judicial nominations until Pelosi backs down.