Pelosi's Impeachment Articles 'Quid Pro Quo'
House Speaker refuses to send articles of impeachment to Senate over "fairness" concerns.
While Senate Republicans were busy approving 12 more of President Donald Trump’s judicial appointments, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi added another slice of baloney to the Democrats’ sham impeachment. Pelosi broke from the Constitution and announced that she would not send the articles of impeachment to the Senate “until we see what the process is on the Senate side.” She complained, “So far we haven’t seen anything that looks fair to us.”
Of course, there was nothing “fair” to see on the House side.
The Constitution clearly states that the House has “the sole power of impeachment” but gives the Senate “the sole power to try all impeachments.” Pelosi is trying to game the system in order to perpetuate the false narrative that it is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republicans who will not hold a fair trial – thus, Trump must be guilty. She’s demanding that, as speaker of the House, she dictate how the Senate runs its impeachment trial before she sends over the House impeachment articles. That’s unconstitutional, but our Constitution is just a speed bump on the Democrat agenda highway.
As Mark Alexander observed, “Pelosi is demanding certain conditions be met before she will release the articles of impeachment…so, a quid pro quo?”
It’s obvious that Pelosi and company have been planning this delay tactic for some time. She’s running interference for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, hoping to damage Senate Republicans enough to win back that chamber for Democrats come November.
Pelosi will likely hold off on sending the articles of impeachment through at least the holidays and maybe well into January. Will her gamble pay off? Only if McConnell and Senate Republicans fail to expose and resist the Democrats’ fraudulent “fairness” game.
Fortunately, Republicans won’t acquiesce. In fact, McConnell is already calling the Dems’ bluff: “The House’s conduct risks deeply damaging the institutions of American government. This particular House of Representatives has let its partisan rage at this particular president create a toxic new precedent that will echo into the future. … This case is not compelling, not overwhelming, and as a result, not bipartisan. … And it was made even more clear last night, when Speaker Pelosi suggested that House Democrats may be too afraid to even transmit their work product to the Senate. The prosecutors are getting cold feet in front of the entire country and second-guessing whether they even want to go to trial.” He later astutely noted, “They said impeachment was so urgent that it could not even wait for due process, but now they’re content to sit on their hands. It is comical.”
Finally, an interesting fact that will likely become a big talking point for Trump and Republicans should Pelosi continue her stalling tactic: The president is not officially impeached until the House delivers its articles of impeachment to the Senate. So, as things currently stand, Trump hasn’t yet been impeached.