(Tea Party PAC) – After a nearly three week delay where she demanded a so-called “fair trial” from the Senate, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has finally announced she will be taking steps to send impeachment articles to the Senate so the trial can proceed.
“I have asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to be prepared to bring to the Floor next week a resolution to appoint managers and transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate. I will be consulting with you at our Tuesday House Democratic Caucus meeting on how we proceed further,” Pelosi wrote to her colleagues in a letter.
She continued to press for her terms in the Senate trial this week, but likely finally caved to Democrat senators who put her under pressure to move ahead.
She was even rebuked by her own fellow San Franciscan, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) who told Politico that “longer it goes on, the less urgent it becomes.”
“So if it’s serious and urgent, send them over. If it isn’t, don’t send it over,” she said.
Pelosi emphasized in her Friday memo that the delay had been supposedly justified, declaring that new information had come forward surrounding the accusations hurled at Trump about his relationship with Ukraine.
“I am very proud of the courage and patriotism exhibited by our House Democratic Caucus as we support and defend the Constitution,” she wrote.
“In an impeachment trial, every Senator takes an oath to ‘do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws,'” she continued. “Every Senator now faces a choice: to be loyal to the President or to the Constitution. No one is above the law, not even the President.”
Pelosi has been demanding that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell disclose the resolution that would set the terms for the trial, including the terms for calling new witnesses.
McConnell has made it clear that the Houses has no authority in the way the Senate conducts the trial, charging Thursday night that Pelosi is playing “irresponsible games” with her attempts to supersede constitutional authority.
McConnell has said that the Senate resolution dictating the terms of the impeachment trial will resemble that used for Bill Clinton’s trial in 1999. After setting a timeframe for the trial, it would allow the Senate to consider possible witness testimony or documentary evidence after both sides have had their chance to make an opening statement.
While most resolutions can pass with a simple majority of 51, removal from office requires the supermajority vote of 67.
There is no mathematical possibility the Democrats can have their impeachment.
On Friday, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) issued a statement accusing Pelosi of having “threw the United States Congress into unnecessary chaos with this pointless delay.”
“From the beginning, it’s been unclear what the goal of this hurry-up-and-wait tactic was or what the country stood to gain. We now know the answer was nothing,” he said.
The Republican senator said three weeks of “uncertainty and confusion” have caused even more division.
“Regardless, I will take my role as a juror seriously and review the evidence presented by both sides before making any determination,” he said.