On Wednesday, House Democrats formally impeached President Donald Trump in what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called an “appropriate and urgent” vote “to protect the Constitution of the United States,” according to The Guardian. But it looks like the move wasn’t quite as “urgent” as Pelosi insisted.
The House speaker seemed to reverse course on Thursday when she revealed that she has no plans to send the articles of impeachment against Trump to the Senate for trial this year, the Washington Examiner reported.
Pelosi has said she wants Senate Republicans to agree to a fair trial before moving forward, but the GOP has fired back with allegations that the House speaker is just playing political games — especially since she can’t make up her mind on how important all of this is.
Hurry up and wait
Pelosi’s remarks came at a press conference on Thursday ahead of the House’s upcoming break for Christmas, according to The Hill. But even when they return, legislators may not act immediately to send Trump’s impeachment articles to the Senate, Pelosi said.
“If we impeach the president immediately, everybody moves on to the next thing,” she noted. “The next thing for us will be when we see the process that is set forth in the Senate, then we’ll know the number of managers that we may have to go forward, and who we would choose.”
The House speaker wouldn’t provide more details, although she did offer a peek into her mindset.
“I have a spring in my step because of the moral courage of our caucus,” she said, a switch from her “somber” tone on Wednesday. “Frankly, I don’t care what the Republicans say.”
A failure on all parts
Although she may have a spring in her step, Pelosi’s refusal to answer questions has frustrated members of the GOP, like House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). The senior Republican mocked Pelosi later Thursday at a press conference of his own.
“I would think if Nancy Pelosi thought impeachment was so important that she had to put this before the American public…[in a] press conference the day after impeachment — that she has weekly — I thought she would have welcomed questions about impeachment,” McCarthy said, according to Fox News.
He went on: “Unfortunately, she told you they were Republican talking points and she would not take your questions. I never thought a speaker would act that way.”
McCarthy surmised that Pelosi must be “embarrassed.”
“She understands how weak [her impeachment case] is, she understands her own criteria was not met, constitutionally it was not met — she probably failed on all parts,” he said.