After almost a month of withholding the articles of impeachment from the Senate, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s resolve has finally collapsed in the face of bipartisan pressure to move forward.
Pelosi sent a letter to her Democrat colleagues, in which she said: “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.”
Pelosi’s spokesperson, Drew Hammil, confirmed the news on Friday, sniping via Twitter that it “helps to read the letter” which “clearly states articles will go over next week.”
Pelosi forced into a corner
This sudden reversal comes as a surprise to many. Pelosi had refused to give any indication of when she would transmit until Thursday when she told reporters “I’m not holding them indefinitely. I’ll send them over when I’m ready. That will probably be soon.”
Pelosi has been under enormous pressure to make a move from the GOP, and even Pelosi’s own party recently began to agitate for progress. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) — herself a notorious liberal and Trump critic — said on Thursday that Pelosi should forward the articles to the Senate and that she didn’t “see what good delay does.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday, “There will be no haggling with the House over Senate procedure. We will not cede our authority to try this impeachment. The House Democrats’ turn is over. The Senate has made its decision.”
At this point, Pelosi has not made any public announcement regarding the details, but said in the letter to her Democrat colleagues that “I will be consulting with you at our Tuesday House Democratic Caucus meeting.”