As Congress heads out for their Christmas and New Year’s recess, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi continues to withhold the impeachment articles against President Donald Trump from the U.S. Senate, where the president is entitled to a fair trial.
But as Republican Sen. Roy Blunt pointed out on Sunday, he doesn’t believe Pelosi — even given her great power as speaker of the lower chamber — is allowed to withhold such a matter from proceeding as Constitutionally ordered, as The Hill reported.
“The speaker has a lot of power,” Blunt continued, but once “the House has spoken,” Blunt claimed that the order should be immediately transmitted to the Senate for the next step in the process, which will likely result in the expedient exoneration of the president.
Many have questioned Pelosi’s true motives behind the delay. She’s claimed that it takes time to select the House managers who will present the case to the Senate, among other excuses, but some political experts believe she’s stalling the transfer because, as it stands, Trump is officially impeached. They presumably know that as soon as the Senate holds a trial over the matter, that the new headlines will read “Trump Exonerated” or something to that effect.
Blunt accused the House Speaker of playing partisan games with the delay of Trump’s impeachment trial.
“I think it’s a mistake on the speaker’s part. I think this will look pretty political,” the Missouri senator stated on Sunday during an interview on CNN’s State of the Union.
Blunt went on to defend Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for his refusal to act as an “impartial” juror during the eventual Senate trial, explaining that the “trial” is not one in the traditional sense of the word.
“This is called a trial because there was really in the Constitution, I think no better thing to call it,” Blunt said. “It’s not a trial in any classic sense. It is a political decision to do it.”
The Senate is expected to return from holiday recess on Jan. 3, however, there’s no indication of when Pelosi will send the impeachment articles to the upper chamber for the next and final step in the process.