Thursday, December 19, 2019

Pelosi Says House May Withhold Impeachment Articles

Here is more evidence that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is really scared about what could happen in the Republican-controlled Senate, if the House sends the impeachment articles to that chamber.

The Washington Post reports:
Moments after a historic vote to impeach President Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House could at least temporarily withhold the articles from the Senate — a decision, she suggested, that could depend on how the other chamber chooses to conduct its trial on Trump’s removal.

“We cannot name managers until we see what the process is on the Senate side,” she said, referring to the House “managers” who present the case for removal to the Senate. “So far we haven’t seen anything that looks fair to us. So hopefully it will be fair. And when we see what that is, we’ll send our managers.”...

Pelosi would not answer questions about whether she was entertaining an indefinite hold on the articles — one that could prevent a trial from taking place before the next presidential election.

She continued: “We’re not sending it tonight because it’s difficult to determine who the managers would be until we see the arena in which we will be participating.”

The remarks injected an unexpected wrinkle into a tightly choreographed day...

Republicans have scoffed at the notion of the House withholding the articles, noting it hardly counts as leverage to deny the GOP the ability to remove a president that the party wants to keep in place. Some aides further argued that withholding the articles would only fuel Republican arguments that Democrats are engaged in a partisan abuse of the Constitution...

[T]he notion of prolonging the impeachment process indefinitely is almost certain to infuriate House members from competitive districts, who have pushed Pelosi for months to keep the investigation focused and limited to Trump’s conduct toward Ukraine. Many were eager to get the impeachment saga out of the way and focus on the Democrats’ governing agenda — including infrastructure and health care legislation.

What the hell did Pelosi expect, that the Republicans would play along with the attack on Trump?

This is going to appear as an even bigger circus and really hurt Democrats during the 2020 elections.


1 comment:

  1. Let them hold on to it. So what? They are oblivious that all they have done is fill Trump's campaign coffers and a sympathy boost.