(Tea Party PAC) – Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), having perhaps realized when it was too late that the Senate will not convict Trump, has decided she’s going to sit on the articles of impeachment against the president until the Senate meets her demands.
In other words, says Joel Pollack of Breitbart, she is guilty of “obstruction of Congress.”
Unlike Trump, however, she has absolutely no constitutional basis for refusing the request of one of the two houses that form the legislative branch.
For weeks, Democrats have insisted that the president needed to be impeached and removed from office as soon as possible. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), in his House Intelligence Committee report, declared: “Given the proximate threat of further presidential attempts to solicit foreign interference in our next election, we cannot wait to make a referral until our efforts to obtain additional testimony and documents wind their way through the courts.”
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) argued at the December 9 hearing on that report: “We agree that when the elections themselves are threatened by enemies foreign or domestic, we cannot wait until the next election to address the threat.” He made the point again during the House debate on impeachment Wednesday: “The threat is urgent. If we do not act — now — what happens next will be our responsibility as well as his.”
And Speaker Pelosi herself, opening House debate on the articles of impeachment Wednesday, declared: “If we do not act now, we would be derelict in our duty.”
Then, just hours later, the House Democrats got in line and impeached the president. Yet, Pelosi told journalists that she wasn’t prepared to deliver the articles of impeachment that the Democrats so proudly voted on, claiming that she hasn’t yet decided who the Housse “managers” of the trial could be.
Both she and her counterpart in the Senate, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) are both whining that the Republicans won’t offer a “fair trial,” which is hilarious considering the impeachment proceedings in the House was just about as unfair as it possibly gets.
Even Schumer, however, in calling for additional witnesses to appear before the Senate, told CNN as recently as Monday that “We’re not trying to be dilatory. We’re trying to have the kind of justice America is known for, which is swift but fair justice.”
But now Pelosi is having second thoughts.
How is this not obstruction?
It is not clear why the Senate needs to wait: Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution says clearly: “The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments.”
Regardless of the formal transmission of documents, the Constitution allows the Senate to hold a trial as soon as an impeachment takes place in the House.
But Pelosi is claiming otherwise, apparently relying on the advice of left-wing law professors and the support of liberal legal analysts on cable news. She is no longer rushing the process; she is now obstructing it, knowing that there is no two-thirds majority for removal in the Senate, which may even dismiss the charges as unconstitutional.
Unlike Trump, who can cite text and precedent in resisting subpoenas, Pelosi’s delay is unlawful and unprecedented.
Nancy Pelosi is therefore guilty of obstruction of Congress.
She will fail, but just as the Democrats have told us for weeks that the president can be impeached for “attempting” to do something they consider wrong, Pelosi, too, can be held accountable to attempting to undermine the Constitution.
When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell loses patience and moves to dismiss the impeachment, he should add another charge — against Pelosi, for contempt.
Amen to that!