McConnell Ready to Move Forward Without Nancy Pelosi’s Articles of Impeachment


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had taken quite the gamble in choosing to withhold the House’s articles of impeachment from the Senate, and we may soon have a full understanding as to what a folly this was.

Pelosi, concerned that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would railroad the higher chamber’s impeachment trial into a swift acquittal of President Trump by simply playing party politics, decided to refrain from transmitting these articles, likely in hopes of securing better footing in her negotiations with the GOP-controlled Senate.  For a brief moment, after former National Security Adviser John Bolton publicly stated his willingness to testify before Congress on the matters that led to impeachment, it looked as though Pelosi’s reticence was fruitful.

Mitch McConnell has other ideas.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he has the votes to start President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial as soon as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi releases the documents, winning support from GOP senators to postpone a decision on calling witnesses.

The announcement is significant, enabling McConnell to bypass for now Democratic demands for new testimony as he launches the third impeachment trial in the nation’s history. It could begin this week if Pelosi sends the articles of impeachment to the Senate.

But Pelosi gave little indication Tuesday of her next move. She cut short an impeachment discussion with her leadership team late at the Capitol when an aide handed her a note about the crisis unfolding in the Middle East. She asked Democrats to “pray,″ according to a lawmaker at the closed-door session.

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It is widely believed that Trump will be swiftly vindicated by McConnell’s steering of the Senate process, despite the President’s preference for a “show trial” in which he can draw attention to the unprecedented and bizarre behavior of the Democrats throughout the impeachment process.

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