House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is under fire on all sides for withholding the articles of impeachment from the Senate. Now she’s been ordered by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to “Commit to sending the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate consistent with Constitutional obligations.”
Graham prefaced the demand by tweeting on Monday that “It’s time for @SpeakerPelosi, who claimed impeachment was a national imperative, to fish or cut bait.”
After House Democrats agitated for months for the impeachment of Trump and Nancy Pelosi rushed the House inquiry to a vote, proceedings have come to a standstill. The Senate has quickly grown tired of the stalling, and Graham isn’t the only one that’s calling out Pelosi’s shenanigans.
The theory is that Pelosi is refusing to advance the articles to the Senate because of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s statements indicating that impeachment will be dismissed in short order.
However, even House Democratic Chief Deputy Whip Dan Kildee (D-MI) admitted that Pelosi probably doesn’t have much leverage over Senate proceedings, and said that if McConnell “doesn’t feel any pressure to do the job in a way that the Constitution requires him to do, there is nothing we can do about that.
After all the Democrat panic about the urgent need to remove Trump, it’s almost comical how quickly Pelosi has flipped the script. She told reporters on Friday:
“When we see what that [Senate impeachment] process is, we will know who and how many [articles of impeachment] we want to send over. I’m not going to go there anymore. Frankly, I don’t care what Republicans say.”
Graham didn’t hold back in calling out Pelosi’s obstructionism. He tweeted Tuesday, “If she refuses, Senate Republicans should take matters into our own hands. We are in charge of the Senate — not Pelosi or Schumer.”
“Speaker Pelosi’s actions are an affront to the Constitution, the Senate, and denies President @realDonaldTrump his day in court.”