Just hours after the historic and partisan vote which formally impeach President Trump, the third time this tool has ever been used in our nations history, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made a shocking remark: she may not hand off the two Articles of Impeachment to the Senate for an official trial as prescribed by our Constitution.
Last night, the House of Representatives voted 230-197 on the Abuse of Power resolution and 229-198 on the Obstruction of Congress resolution. One Congressman voted present for both votes. Two Democrats voted against impeachment while zero Republicans voted for impeachment, meaning there was bipartisan opposition to this move by House Democrats.
Article II Section 4 commands the Senate to hold a trial overseen by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on whether to actually remove the impeached president from office.
“We had a very fair process in the House of Representatives,” Speaker Pelosi said when asked about whether Democrats will wait to send the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate. She added, “we have legislation approved by the Rules Committee that will enable us to decide how we send over the articles of impeachment. we cannot name managers until we see what the process is on the Senate side.”
Pelosi also said House Democratic leaders will make a decision as a group on when and how to send the Articles to the Senate, and indicated they have no plans on sending them over any time soon.
“So far we haven’t seen anything that looks fair to us,” Pelosi continued. “So hopefully it will be fairer. And when see what that is, we’ll send our managers.” The procedures for the House’s impeachment inquiry passed without a single Republican vote, and the House Intelligence Committee repeatedly denied Republicans the right to call witnesses they requested, including Hunter Biden and the infamous whistleblower, who were both at the center of the Ukrainian Controversy. Out of the 14 witnesses called by Democrats, only 1 had actually spoken to President Trump on the matter in question, and 3 of the 4 ‘Constitutional experts’ were partisan Leftists. All were registered Democrats.
“Let me tell you what I don’t consider a fair trial, 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’ from the White House, and he is working in total coordination with the White House counsel’s office,” Pelosi said attacking the Senate Majority Leader.
Impeachment is a political process, not a criminal one, as Democrats made abundantly clear. Neither of the two Articles of Impeachment cite any laws being violated, so this is not an actual trial being held. The majority of Democrats had from day one called for impeachment, including Rep. Maxine Waters, Rep. Al Green, Rep. Jerry Nader, Rep. Adam Shift, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib. McConnell’s statements saying he is not an “impartial juror” is the identical standard used in the House up until now.
Back in March, Pelosi told the Washington Post, “impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path.” The vote, as already mentioned, was not bipartisan.
Speaker Pelosi, who said the impeachment was “urgent,” is holding the nation hostage until the Senate presents a trial that they think is fair under their arbitrary guidelines.
House Majority Whip James Clyburn openly called for withholding the articles “until we can get some assurances from (McConnell) that he is going to allow for a fair and impartial trial to take place.”
In a Tweet, Speaker Pelosi calls Senator Mitch McConnell a ‘Rough leader of the Senate.”
The Senate plans on holding the trial in early January.