Democrats moved swiftly after Wednesday’s Capitol riots to pin the blame on Donald Trump and use the event to launch their most vicious campaign against him yet. Talk of a second impeachment began almost immediately after the incident, and Democrat legislators set to work drawing up articles of impeachment to be voted on as soon as Monday.
However, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) shocked many on Sunday by indicating that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is potentially liable to reverse the break-neck pace of this second impeachment, telling CNN on Sunday that the House could wait months to send the articles to the Senate for a vote.
Disrupting the Biden agenda
In a Sunday morning appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” host Jake Tapper discussed the House’s plans for a second impeachment of Donald Trump with the Democrat leader.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has proven to be non-compliant with Democrat plans to rush the impeachment proceedings through Congress, announcing that the Senate would not be able to receive the articles until after Joe Biden’s inauguration — crushing Democrat dreams of removing Trump before the end of his term.
At one point, Tapper questioned whether the Hosue should be spending much time on the impeachment of an already outgoing President when there are important orders of business to attend to such as further coronavirus legislation and implementing Joe Biden’s presidential agenda.
“Mitch McConnell says that any trial of the president after impeachment could begin on January 20 at 1:00 p.m. That would be about an hour after Biden has been sworn in as the 46th president,” Tapper said. “It could distract the Senate from considering any cabinet nominees for Joe Biden, passing coronavirus relief. Do you have any concerns that Congress will be distracted if this trial goes forward instead of focusing on the cabinet and coronavirus?”
Clyburn admitted that he “does have concerns,” but said that Pelosi is already several steps ahead of McConnell.
Hitting the brakes
“Yes, I do have concerns. So does Speaker Pelosi. Mitch McConnell is a pretty good legislator, and he’s doing what he thinks he needs to do to be disruptive of President Biden. But I would say to Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi is smarter than that,” Clyburn continued.
“We will take the vote that we should take in the House of Representatives, and she will make the determination as to when is the best time to get that vote, get the managers appointed, and move that legislation over to the Senate. It just so happens that if it did go over there for 100 days, it could,” Clyburn explained. “Let’s give President-elect Biden the 100 days he needs to get his agenda off and running. Maybe we will send the articles sometime after that.”
“I would say in this instance, it is up to the speaker to do whatever she thinks is the best thing to do,” Clyburn added after Tapper pressed for clarification of the timeline.
Scores of lawmakers have jumped aboard the desperate scramble to punish Donald Trump and his administration for the group of rogue Trump supporters that wreaked havoc on the Capitol building last week, with calls to impeach, remove, prosecute, and jail him rising to higher levels than ever before.
Progressive star Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) hyperventilated on Sunday that immediate impeachment is essential because President Trump “ordered an attack” on the United States Congress that resulted in “close to half of the House nearly dying on Wednesday.”