After nearly a month of delay, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) finally signed off on the supposedly “urgent” articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Wednesday and transmitted them to the Senate so a trial could begin.
However, if she thought the next phase in the impeachment process would be the same as the first — hyper-partisan and one-sided with interminable delays and rules changed or ignored on the fly — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has offered up a rather blunt message on social media to set her straight.
The Senate in charge
Cruz tweeted on Thursday: “Today, House Dems are finally handing the reins of their partisan show trial over to the Senate. For months, the American people have been lectured on the critical urgency of impeaching Trump. For weeks, Pelosi dragged her feet, refusing to send the Articles over to the Senate.
“The reason is that the Articles fail to meet the constitutional standard for impeachment. They do not allege a single crime was committed — not even a speeding ticket,” he continued.
The Texas senator went on to say it has “been disheartening to watch House Democrats subject our constitutional process and the [p]resident to relentless abuse and partisan gamesmanship for blatantly political purposes.”
“That pattern will not continue in the Senate,” Cruz declared authoritatively. He also affirmed in his tweet thread that the Senate would give Trump a “fair trial” that “follows precedent and respects due process.”
“Unlike the House, we will be fair, give both sides a full opportunity to present their case, and allow the [p]resident to defend himself,” Cruz tweeted.
No more games
The senator’s remarks come after Pelosi finally sent the articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate this week. The House speaker had previously said she needed to be ensured a fair trial by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) before submitting the articles, but things seemed to change when McConnell revealed last week that he had the votes necessary to run a trial on his terms.
Now, Cruz says the Senate will act quickly to get this impeachment charade over once and for all.
“I look forward to reviewing the evidence, voting on these facially-deficient Articles [and] continuing to deliver on promises made to the American people, like securing our border, reducing federal regulations [and] creating more economic opportunities,” he tweeted.
Indeed, things are finally reaching a pivotal point in the Senate, with a trial underway and the meat of it set to start next week.
One way or another, the nonsense to which the country has been subjected for the past several months is finally nearing its conclusion. Thank goodness.