House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has, for three weeks, been sitting on the supposedly “urgent” articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump that the Democrat-controlled House had hurriedly passed prior to the Christmas break — but her nearly inexplicable delay may soon be coming to an end.
The Washington Examiner reported that, based on comments from both Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) as well as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Pelosi could soon forward the articles to the Senate for a trial without having first obtained the pre-trial agreement for more witness testimony she has been seeking.
Articles may soon reach Senate
It became clear on Tuesday that Pelosi’s gambit to pressure McConnell to craft the Senate impeachment trial in a manner of her choosing had failed. McConnell revealed that he had the requisite minimum 51 votes to proceed with a trial by the rules that had been agreed upon during the impeachment trial of former President Bill Clinton, Fox News reported.
In the Clinton trial, all discussion of subpoenas for additional documents and witness testimony was held back until after opening statements, questions and consideration of the articles themselves had been completed. Pelosi and Schumer have been demanding an up-front agreement to immediately call for more witnesses and documents which had not been considered in the drafting and passage of the existing articles.
Despite the fact that this is a clear loss for the Democrats, whose demands have gone wholly unmet, Schumer did his best to spin the evolving situation as a win for his party and expressed his confidence that could convince four Republicans to join his 47 Democrats to reach the 51 votes necessary to compel the subpoenas of additional witnesses at a later point in the trial process.
“The speaker has said all along that she wanted to see the arena in which she was playing so she could appoint impeachment managers,” Schumer told reporters on Tuesday, according to Newsweek. “She has some idea of what’s happened.”
Schumer bizarrely claims a win
According to CNS News, Schumer ludicrously claimed that Pelosi’s delay on transmitting the articles of impeachment had actually “helped our case” in the effort to remove President Trump from office.
He asserted that Pelosi’s delay had the effect of denying McConnell the opportunity to summarily dismiss the articles immediately after they were passed.
Schumer also suggested that additional “evidence” that emerged over the past few weeks — for which House Democrats were in too much of a rush to wait before passing the articles — has strengthened the case Democrats made against the president.
Dems take a loss
Schumer’s spin aside, however, this looks like a defeat for Democrats if Pelosi proceeds to finally send the delayed articles to the Senate without having first obtained the agreement on which she has been insisting.
Adding to the sense that Pelosi caved and gave up on her futile demand, the Examiner noted, was the fact that several Senate Republicans expressed their growing impatience at the delay and were on the verge of making moves to simply start the trial without waiting for her cooperation.
Pelosi, Schumer, and the Democrats lost this round, regardless of what they or their media allies might claim, and now the “Sword of Damocles” — as Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) called the impeachment — hanging over President Trump can be dealt with once and for all.