After weeks of delay, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has finally decided to send 2 articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate for a trial.
To commemorate the evident, she held a press conference on Wednesday morning. As it unfolded, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) had an emotional outburst.
“It’s a very important day for us, and as you know, I referenced markers that our founders and our poets and others have used over time to place us in time to emphasize the importance of time, because everything is about time,” Pelosi began, curiously.
“How we use it,” the California Democrat went on, “how we mark it.”
“And today is an important day, because today is the day that we name the managers, we go to the floor to pass the resolution to transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate, and later in the day when we have our engrossment, that we march those articles to the United States Senate.”
Pelosi next quoted the Declaration of Independence and Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address as well as works by Thomas Paine and Henry Longfellow. How any of them were relevant to the matter at hand wasn’t entirely clear.
Nadler raises his voice
After her monologue was complete, Nadler — who has been named as one of the impeachment managers — took the microphone, declaring, “This is a test of the Constitution. The President’s conduct violated the Constitution in every single way.”
“Trying to rig an election, stonewalling the Congress and saying, ‘No one may testify because I can have a cover-up despite, uh, Congress,'” Nadler stammered.
“It’s a test of the Constitution, now,” the New York representative continued. “The Senate is intended by the Constitution to conduct a fair trial.”
“The American people know in a trial you permit witnesses,” said Nadler. “You present the evidence.”
“If the Senate doesn’t permit the introduction of all relevant witnesses and of all documents that the House wants to introduce because the House is the prosecutor here, then the Senate is engaging in an unconstitutional and disgusting cover-up. The Senate is on trial as well as the President,” he pronounced angrily.
Nadler concluded by demanding to know whether the Senate would “vindicate the Republic” or if it planned to “participate in the president’s crimes by covering them up.”