In a stunning update after House Democrats passed two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly indicated that she may not transmit the impeachment matter to the Senate right away, as is custom, for fear that Republicans won’t conduct an “impartial” trial.
According to Politico, Pelosi also refused to indicate when she would officially transfer the impeachment matter over to the Republican-controlled Senate.
She briefly remarked on the matter right after the articles of impeachment were passed and after she officially announced them on the House floor.
“So far, we haven’t seen anything that looks fair to us,” Pelosi said, referring to the GOP-held Senate. “But right now, the president is impeached.”
Pelosi’s revelation of a possible delay came on the same day that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer indicated the same thought, saying that some of his colleagues think it’s the right way to proceed.
“Some think it’s a good idea. And we need to talk about it,” Hoyer said of the possible delay.
BREAKING NEWS: Pelosi threatens to delay Senate impeachment trial. Another “genius” move by the Do Nothing Democrat’s. Make 31 Dems in @realDonaldTrump districts vote for impeachment then don’t send it to the Senate. @SpeakerPelosi welcome to the Minority after the 2020 election
— Corey R. Lewandowski (@CLewandowski_) December 19, 2019
The idea has become increasingly popular on the Democratic side of the aisle, especially as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has gone on record of saying that he will coordinate with the White House on Trump’s impeachment trial and not act as an impartial juror in the matter, which is perfectly acceptable given that impeachment is a partisan affair, and not one of criminal consequence.
A delay by Pelosi would be an attempt to further negotiate rules of Trump’s Senate impeachment trial and reportedly many legal experts have advised House Democrats to give the idea a chance, presumably as a last-ditch effort to gain some ground in the Republican-controlled Senate chamber.
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