In yet another unprecedented and potentially career-ending move, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Thursday that she would delay sending articles of impeachment to the Senate until she can see what rules the Senate trial will have and that the process will be “fair.”
“When we see the process that is set forth in the Senate, then we’ll know the number of managers that we may have to go forward and who we will choose,” Mrs. Pelosi said, and then moved to adjourn the House until next year.
Other Democrats have suggested that Pelosi not send the articles if Republican Senators don’t agree to let Democrats call witnesses or that she could intend to delay indefinitely to avoid a Senate acquittal. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has suggested that the Senate might just vote to acquit President Donald Trump based on the House record, which he has said is insufficient to show any wrongdoing.
McConnell said of Pelosi’s delay, “If the speaker ever gets her House in order, that mess will be dumped on the Senate’s lap.” The Senate needs 67 votes to convict Trump and remove him from office, and none of the 53 Republicans have said they would vote for conviction.
“Now the Do Nothing Party want to Do Nothing with the Articles,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter. A constitutional scholar who testified for Democrats in impeachment hearings has said that Trump’s impeachment would not be official if Pelosi didn’t send the articles to the Senate.
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