(Tea Party PAC) – For weeks, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has been sitting on two articles of impeachment that her caucus voted on almost entirely along party lines.
She’s holding them hostage until the Senate Republicans agree to hold the Senate impeachment trial entirely on her terms.
The Constitution says that the Senate has the sole power to conduct an impeachment trial.
This is like a police detective refusing to hand over evidence to a prosecutor until they get permission to oversee the whole court case! It’s outrageous.
While it is (for now) officially been determined that Pelosi will be handing the articles over next week, the American people, and the elected officials who represent them, have had enough.
Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL) will be introducing a resolution on Thursday to censure House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for obstructing the constitutional process.
This is being reported by Breitbart News, who had confirmation of Byrne’s plans.
Byrne, who is running for the Republican nomination for one of Alabama’s Senate seats this year, believes the speaker has broken congressional precedence by so far refusing to send the articles to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“Speaker Pelosi’s decision to hold the articles of impeachment against President Trump in a pathetic and unconstitutional attempt to extract concessions from the Senate is an unprecedented abuse of power,” Byrne told Breitbart News.
“House Democrats made the misguided decision to rush through the most legally unsound and factually unsupported articles of impeachment in the history of this country, and they can’t now insist that the Senate fix their shoddy, incomplete work,” he continued.
The congressman rightly noted that the role the Hosue plays in the impeachment proceedings has now concluded and that the only choice she and her Committee chairs, Reps. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Adam Schiff (D-CA), had is to “present the lackluster case they assembled to the Senate and let the president finally exercise his right to defend himself.”
“Until then, the leader of this attempt to throw out constitutional norms to remove our president must be held accountable,” Byrne added.
The move comes as Pelosi is holding up the articles in an effort to push the Senate to adopt rules seen as favorable to Democrats for the impeachment trial. In particular, the speaker was rumored to be holding out for an agreement by McConnell to have former National Security Adviser John Bolton testify. The Senate GOP, for its part, seems to not be buying the ruse, with McConnell announcing on Wednesday his caucus would remain united in the face of Pelosi’s tactics.
It is unclear if Byrne’s resolution will receive bipartisan support in the House, especially as a number of high-profile Democrats have already signaled that Pelosi’s stalling effort on impeachment is wearing thin.
“If we’re going to do it, she should send them over,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on Thursday. “I don’t see what good delay does.”