Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Impeachment Without End: Nancy Pelosi will let you know when she’ll deign to allow a Senate trial.

Will Nancy Pelosi ever send the two House articles of impeachment to the Senate? We’re going on three weeks since the House voted, and Congress is back in session, but the House Speaker said Tuesday she wants to see what kind of trial the Senate will hold before she deigns to appoint House managers to make their case.

This is a parody of impeachment. House Democrats said they had to rush to vote before Christmas because President Trump poses a clear and present danger, but now the urgency is gone. The House didn’t subpoena John Bolton, the former national security adviser, but now the Senate must call him or the trial won’t be fair. The House refused to call witnesses requested by the GOP minority, but now the Senate GOP majority is supposed to heed every request by the Democratic minority.

This farce is being played at the expense of the Constitution, which lays out that the House has the “sole power of impeachment” while the Senate has the “sole power to try all impeachments.” It doesn’t say the Senate trial must be held according to the stipulations of the House Speaker. If she were a Republican, the media would be howling at her with derision. But because the impeachment press hates Mr. Trump, it is playing along.

Her political calculation isn’t obvious. Perhaps she really thought she could dictate to Mitch McConnell, but now the Senate Majority Leader says he has enough votes among Republicans to begin a trial with opening arguments on both sides and a decision on witnesses to come later. That’s what the Senate did for the trial of Bill Clinton.


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