It’ll be 2010 all over again for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) once impeachment has had its full effect, President Donald Trump says.
Trump took a dig at Pelosi’s attempt to gain leverage in the Senate by withholding articles of impeachment, predicting that it would cost her the House Majority, Breitbart reported. Pelosi lost the majority in 2010 after passing Obamacare.
“Pelosi gives us the most unfair trial in the history of the U.S. Congress, and now she is crying for fairness in the Senate, and breaking all rules while doing so,” the president tweeted Monday. “She lost Congress once, she will do it again!”
Pelosi gives us the most unfair trial in the history of the U.S. Congress, and now she is crying for fairness in the Senate, and breaking all rules while doing so. She lost Congress once, she will do it again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2019
President Trump and his Republican allies have projected a confident front since Pelosi led her caucus to finally impeach Trump on Dec. 18. With Trump’s acquittal already expected in the Senate, months of impeachment drama ended in anti-climax when Pelosi said she would condition sending articles of impeachment to the upper house on there being a “fair” process there.
Trump and his Republican allies blasted Pelosi’s move as a badly calculated attempt to gain leverage, as well as proof that the Democrats lack confidence in their case. The partisan impasse can hardly be called a win for Pelosi, as many — including the Democrats’ own star witness, professor Noah Feldman — have begun to question if Trump has even been impeached.
Trump has made it clear he’s approaching the situation in a spirit of levity, joking to his supporters that he doesn’t feel like he’s being impeached while predicting a wipeout for Democrats next year. “In fact, there’s no impeachment. Their own lawyer said it, there’s no impeachment,” Trump said at a Turning Point USA event Saturday. “So now she says, she has no case, so let’s not submit it. That’s good, right? So unfair.”
The legal debate set off by Pelosi’s delay is tinged by partisanship, with the House and the Senate trading accusations of bad faith. While Pelosi has said that she is waiting for Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to set up fair terms in the Senate, Republicans fired back that the impeachment inquiry, with its secretive closed-door depositions and still anonymous whistleblower, was rigged against Trump and has no merit.
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Pelosi lost her House Majority in the 2010 midterm elections largely thanks to her role in passing the Affordable Care Act, Republicans have long said. Upon regaining the Speakership this year, Pelosi was sensitive to the political risks of partisan impeachment until her sudden reversal in September — and having gone through with impeachment, she has few options now but to double down.
“The House cannot choose our impeachment managers until we know what sort of trial the Senate will conduct,” Pelosi tweeted in response to Trump Monday. “President Trump blocked his own witnesses and documents from the House, and from the American people, on phony complaints about the House process. What is his excuse now?”
Lawmakers will now break for the holidays with no resolution in sight, but Republicans, sensing that they have the leverage, say it’s only a matter of time before Pelosi gives in. McConnell has made it clear that he’s in no rush to take up impeachment if Pelosi insists on dragging things out.
“She apparently believes she can tell us how to run the trial,” McConnell told “Fox & Friends,” joking, “We can’t do anything until the speaker sends the papers over, so everybody enjoy the holidays.”
Trump is now on track to be acquitted in the Senate, and with Pelosi’s delay he only looks like the victim of a partisan process. Well played, Pelosi.