House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to trample all over the Constitution as she looks to keep the impeachment process within the House, announcing she will not send it over to the Senate until she expects there to be a “fair” trial.
“That would’ve been our intention,” she told a group of reporters per the Western Journal, referring to passing the impeachment process over to the higher legislative chamber.
“But we’ll see what happens over there,” Pelosi added, noting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised to allow President Trump a trial of his choosing.
“So far we haven’t seen anything that looks fair to us,” she continued. “That would’ve been our intention, but we’ll see what happens over there.”
A reporter in the room with Pelosi sought to clarify: “So you may not send them?” To which she responded: “You’re asking me, ‘So are we all going to go out and play in the snow?’ That has not been part of our conversations.”
Politico reports Pelosi could delay the vote until at least January:
Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to commit Wednesday to delivering articles of impeachment to the Senate, citing concerns about an unfair trial on removing President Donald Trump from office.
Senior Democratic aides said the House was “very unlikely” to take the steps necessary to send the articles to the Senate until at least early January, a delay of at least two weeks and perhaps longer.
Pelosi’s comments, which echo suggestions raised by other Democrats throughout the day, inject new uncertainty into the impeachment timetable and send the House and Senate lurching toward a potential institutional crisis.
Though the House adopted two articles of impeachment charging Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of congressional investigations, it must pass a second resolution formally naming impeachment managers to present the case in the Senate. That second vehicle triggers the official transmission of articles to the Senate.
Asked if House Democrats risk giving Republicans grounds for criticism if they take too long to deliver articles of impeachment to the Senate, Speaker Nancy Pelosi replies, "Frankly, I don't care what the Republicans say." https://t.co/Y1Sj5wefty pic.twitter.com/LOfwJYrnAT
— ABC News (@ABC) December 19, 2019
The White House responded to the Speaker’s comments, criticizing the Democratic effort to continue the partisan process.
Trump’s top congressional liaison to Congress Eric Ueland said, per Politico: “House Democrats have run a fatally flawed process with fake facts, and now they want to deny the President his day in court with another procedural maneuver that proves anew they have no case.”
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