Republican Senator Ted Cruz took on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to delay handing over the impeachment process to the Senate on Sunday, calling it “an admission of failure.”
Cruz said the decision seems to suggest Pelosi is not quite ready for the impeachment process to shift out of her control and into the control of the Republican-majority in the Senate.
“I think this is a sign of weakness,” Cruz said on “Sunday Morning Futures” with host Maria Bartiromo as BizPac Review reports.
“This is a sign she understands just how weak these Articles are,” Cruz added. “These articles of impeachment that they actually voted on were really an admission of failure.”
“For months, they had been promising all of this evidence of criminal activity. For months they had been talking about bribery, they had been talking about quid pro quo. But then they heard all the evidence and they got no evidence of it,” he continued per the report.
“This is the first time in the history of our country that a president has been impeached without a single article alleging any criminal conduct. They don’t allege any crime. They don’t even allege any federal law violated,” Cruz said. “This was, at the end of the day, a political response because Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats hate the president.”
Pelosi said she was not willing to hand over the impeachment process while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised to coordinate his part of the process with the White House.
“This is what I don’t consider a fair trial — that Leader McConnell has stated that he’s not an impartial juror, that he’s going to take his cues, in quotes, from the White House, and he’s working in ‘total coordination’ with the White House counsel’s office,” Pelosi said after the House vote.
McConnell taunts Pelosi & Schumer on very ‘weak’ impeachment articles: ‘Too afraid’ to bring to Senate? https://t.co/6l92gcqL2A
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) December 19, 2019
President Trump also commented on Pelosi’s decision, saying on Twitter the decision could cause Pelosi to lose her majority in the House.
“Pelosi gives us the most unfair trial in the history of the U.S. Congress, and now she is crying for fairness in the Senate, and breaking all rules while doing so. She lost Congress once, she will do it again!”
Pelosi gives us the most unfair trial in the history of the U.S. Congress, and now she is crying for fairness in the Senate, and breaking all rules while doing so. She lost Congress once, she will do it again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2019