by Joe Callen
Following the party line vote by Democrats to impeach President Trump Nancy Pelosi spoke to reporters and threatened to withhold the articles of impeachment unless the US Senate bows to her demands!
Speaker Pelosi: We have legislation approved by the Rules Committee that will enable us to decide how we send over the Articles of Impeachment. We’re not sending it tonight because it’s difficult to determine who the managers would be until we see the arena of which we will be participating.
“We’ll make that decision as a group, as we always have, as we go along,” Pelosi told reporters following the partisan impeachment vote.
“So far we haven’t seen anything that looks fair to us,” she added.
“This is what I don’t consider a fair trial ― that Leader McConnell has stated that he’s not an impartial juror, that he’s going to take his ‘cues,’ in quotes, from the White House, and he’s working in total coordination with the White House counsel’s office,” she said.
Pelosi reportedly wants to dictate the terms of how the Senate holds the trial, admits witnesses, and handles court-ordered subpoenas.
This is the “liberal lion” and Harvard law Professor Larry Tribe’s plan on impeachment.
The speaker’s comments echoed concerns raised by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), who said earlier Wednesday that he’s heard chatter about keeping the impeachment articles in the House until the upper chamber agrees to a so-called “fair trial.“
“People have read that article, discussed it. People have come up to me, discussed it,” Hoyer said, per Politico. “We will talk about it in some point in time. It’s within the speaker’s purview, obviously, she’ll make that decision. And I also think she’ll do it in discussions with McConnell and [Senate Minority Leader Chuck] Schumer.”
Democrats have lamented at McConnell’s rejection of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) request to call four current and former White House officials as part of a Senate trial, accusing him of being an “impartial juror.” Democrats have also voiced concern about McConnell’s pledge to conduct the trial expeditiously.
“They were lecturing me about not being able to take an oath for impartiality? Do you think these presidential candidates are impartial? This is a political exercise,” the senator told radio host Hugh Hewitt. “The words in the Constitution, high crimes and misdemeanors, are misleading in the sense that the founders were having a hard time describing what kind of offense would warrant impeachment.”
What will be the Senate Leader’s response? We will find out tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m., when McConnell holds a press conference…