(RightWing.org) – Nancy Pelosi is trying to push the Senate into running the president’s impeachment trial on a Democrat agenda — but now she’s bumping up against the hard arithmetic of Senate votes. Pelosi hopes she can pressure senators by refusing to hand over the Articles of Impeachment until she gets her way, but now majority leader Mitch McConnell has called her bluff.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is supposed to, according to the Constitution, give the Senate the Articles of Impeachment voted through the House last year. So far she hasn’t done it — she’s holding them back in an attempt to force the Senate leadership to call more anti-Trump witnesses.
- Almost as soon as the House voted to impeach President Trump in December, Pelosi said she was “unsure” when the articles would be sent to the Senate. When Bill Clinton faced impeachment in 1998, the articles were sent immediately, but Pelosi said she was waiting to “see what they are doing on the Senate side.” What they were doing, of course, was waiting for the articles.
- Pelosi wants to withhold the articles until senators agree to call two pertinent witnesses: acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and the former national security adviser John Bolton.
- With three weeks now having passed since the House vote, senators are getting increasingly impatient. They want the president’s trial out of the way, and they’re irritated at Pelosi’s game-playing.
- Now Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has warned Pelosi that GOP senators can amass enough votes to approve the rules for the president’s trial — whether Democrats are happy with them or not.
- The Dem strategy was based on enough moderate Republicans siding with them to deny McConnell a majority. Those hopes now seem to have collapsed, as centrists Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) have both publicly backed McConnell’s position.
- McConnell wants to start the trial without a final agreement on which witnesses will be called. This is exactly what happened during Clinton’s trial in 1999.
- He announced on Tuesday, “All we’re doing here is saying we’re going to get started in exactly the same way that 100 senators agreed to 20 years ago. We’ll get around to the discussion of witnesses.”
- The hope now is that Pelosi will realize her strategy is a busted flush, and stop trying to block proceedings in the hope of gaining a short-term advantage. Pelosi will also be uncomfortably aware that most Americans are fed up with the impeachment drama, and the longer she drags it out the worse it will be for Democrats come November.
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