Fox News contributor and author Katie Pavlich said on Special Report on Tuesday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) plan to withhold articles of impeachment from the Senate is a “game” that is being exposed as blatantly unconstitutional.
“She’s [Pelosi’s] been arguing that this is about the Constitution,” Pavlich said. “Well, there are many things in the Constitution that she is required to do — one of them is to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate for a trial and every United States citizen is entitled to a speedy trial.”
One of the main arguments made by proponents of the impeachment is that the Democrats had no choice but to take action against Trump to protect the Constitution. But it seems that Pelosi is fine with ignoring her constitutional duty when she thinks it will help her and her party politically.
Trump and many Republican leaders have countered impeachment by suggesting that it is the Democrats who are, in fact, doing everything they accuse Trump of having done. By twisting the rules in the House so that Republicans were not able to present exculpatory evidence or call witnesses, Democrats are the ones who have clearly abused their power, not Trump, legal experts such as former Special Counsel Ken Starr have said, according to Fox.
“House did not do all of the work”
“She keeps claiming that this is not about politics, not about Democrats going after the president, it’s about doing the ‘right thing,'” Pavlich added with regard to Pelosi, “but as she continues this game of withholding the articles to try to get what she wants in the Senate — after the House did not do all of the work…her game is being exposed as not having much to stand on.”
In fact, the House ended up passing two articles of impeachment against the president that didn’t reference a single crime. “Abuse of power” is so nebulous as to be practically meaningless, and obstruction of Congress simply didn’t happen, as Trump simply and justifiably turned to the courts in order to protect the executive privilege that all past presidents have enjoyed.
Simply put, Pelosi, Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) all failed to make their case against Trump. They couldn’t come up with a single witness with direct knowledge that Trump intentionally withheld aid from Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into his political rival, Joe Biden.
All they really had was a bunch of speculative secondhand testimony and no concrete facts.
To an American public that has historically been wary of impeachment and loathe to support it, the nakedly partisan effort in the House looks like nothing more than a politically motivated attempt to overturn an election.
Polls continue to show increased support for Trump and falling support for the impeachment process on which Democrats have spent so much time and energy.
But will that stop Democrats from continued attempts to remove him from power? Pelosi is already talking about adding more articles of impeachment if she can get testimony from former White House counsel Don McGahn.
As of now, it does not appear that Democrats will stop trying to get Trump out of office even if he gets re-elected in November 2020–a prospect that seems more likely with every passing day.