House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in a closed-door meeting with Democratic colleagues on Tuesday, finally agreed to vote on Wednesday to send the two articles of impeachment facing President Donald Trump to the Senate, where a proper impeachment trial will soon take place.
According to CNBC, Pelosi made a statement on the updated impeachment news on Tuesday.
“The House will now proceed with a vote on transmitting the articles of impeachment and naming impeachment managers on Wednesday, January 15,” Pelosi said.
The resolution, which is expected to be passed by Democrats on Wednesday, will essentially cover three items of interest as far as the House’s role in the matter. That includes the issue that most pundits have their eyes on: Who will serve as the official House “managers” of the impeachment trial. They’ll also vote on funding the process and they’ll complete the formal transfer of the articles of impeachment to make it official.
Interestingly, CNBC pointed out toward the end of their report that Pelosi’s transmission of the impeachment articles marks a “defeat” for the Speaker.
“Absent a last minute change of heart by McConnell, Wednesday’s delivery of the articles by the House to the Senate will represent a political defeat for Pelosi, the de facto architect of the impeachment process so far,” CNBC‘s report said.
While further clarification on why they included that wasn’t available, it’s presumably due to the undisputed fact that the Senate, which is controlled by Republicans — including many of Trump’s top allies — will likely not break rank with the president and vote to remove him from office.
Sen. Mitch McConnell: "The very morning after the House's historic vote, Speaker Pelosi literally chastised reporters for asking too many questions about impeachment." pic.twitter.com/1JHF7cYwiP
— The Hill (@thehill) January 14, 2020
Democrats who wish to see Trump removed would need to hope for a mass exodus of Republican senators from the Trump camp, which is stunningly unlikely, given that a majority of them represent districts in which Trump was victorious in 2016. Turning on the president now would all but ensure a defeat come re-election time.
Pelosi is expected to name the House managers of the impeachment trial shortly before Wednesday’s resolution vote, according to House Democratic Caucus Chair Rep. Hakeem Jeffries.
Given their high-profile involvement in the House portion of Trump’s impeachment, names such as House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler have been floated as likely House managers, though it remains to be seen who is picked for the job.