Nancy Pelosi Caves on Impeachment, Will Forward Articles of Impeachment to Senate Next Week

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Reuters is reporting that Pelosi has caved and will send Articles of Impeachment to the Senate next week:

“U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday announced that she will advance legislation next week that would formally trigger a Senate impeachment trial for President Donald Trump.

The House on Dec. 18 passed two articles of impeachment against the Republican president. “I have asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to be prepared to bring to the (House) floor next week a resolution to appoint managers and transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate,” Pelosi said in a statement.”

It’s about time, do you agree?

This story from yesterday goes a long way towards explaining why Pelosi has suddenly caved:

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday the Senate would not haggle with the House over procedures for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, adding that the Senate would make a decision on calling witnesses for that trial at the appropriate time.

Speaking on the Senate floor, Republican McConnell expressed exasperation that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in a letter to her fellow Democrats Tuesday night, had indicated she would continue holding back the House-passed articles of impeachment from the Senate until she knows more about Senate plans for the impeachment trial.

“There will be no haggling with the House over Senate procedure. We will not cede our authority to try this impeachment,” McConnell said. He accused Pelosi of wanting to keep Trump “in limbo” over the trial indefinitely.

Here’s more from earlier today…

Speaker of the House and California Rep. Nancy Pelosi still does not get the fact that she has no more power when it comes to impeachment.

She is still holding on to the Articles of Impeachment as if they are winning lottery tickets, and now she is making new demands.

“Sadly, Leader McConnell has made clear that his loyalty is to the President and not the Constitution,” the Speaker said in a letter to her caucus.

Leader McConnell has insisted that the approach under consideration is identical to those of the Clinton trial and that ‘fair is fair.’ This is simply not true,” she said.

“This process is not only unfair but designed to deprive Senators and the American people of crucial documents and testimony,” the California representative said.

“It is important that he immediately publish this resolution, so that, as I have said before, we can see the arena in which we will be participating, appoint managers and transmit the articles to the Senate,” she said in her letter.

But it came after House Majority Leader and Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell said he has the votes to pass the rules for the trial.

“We have the votes,” the majority leader said, saying that the trial would follow the same process as former President Clinton’s impeachment.

In that impeachment trial the decision on whether to call witnesses or not was made after the prosecution and defense made their arguments.

“What’s good for President Clinton is good for President Trump,” the Kentucky senator said. “We’ll get around to a discussion of witnesses.”

This, predictably, did not please New York Sen. Charles Schumer, the House Minority Leader, who continued to insist on witnesses.

“There will be votes on the four witnesses we have asked for,” the senator said. “We Democrats have the ability to get votes in an impeachment trial.”

“The eyes of America — the eyes of the Founding Fathers looking down upon us — are on our Republican colleagues,” he said.

Oh, cut the nonsense. This is the same man who argued against having witnesses in the trial of former President Clinton.

Now, suddenly, the eyes of the Founding Fathers are watching, but apparently, they were busy playing parcheesi during Clinton’s trial.

The Democrats know they have no case against this president and that is why they want the Articles to hang over his head for as long as possible.

They do not like the idea of not having the power to destroy him. But as America teeters on the brink of war with Iran the time to get this partisan impeachment behind us is now.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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