Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., demonstrated that the impeachment of President Donald Trump was nothing but partisan politics by her delay of transmitting the articles of impeachment to the United States Senate.
She indicated on Wednesday after the impeachment vote that she would delay stating that she was concerned about a fair trial. “So far we haven’t seen anything that looks fair to us,” Pelosi told reporters after the House voted to make President Trump the third president in U.S. history to be impeached. “That would’ve been our intention, but we’ll see what happens over there.”
She reaffirmed that stance on Twitter on Monday morning.
Pelosi is engaging in some quid pro quo of her own. The American people were told by House Democrats that it was vital that President Trump be impeached and that it be done quickly as time was of the essence.
“We view this as urgent,” U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said.
“They keep taking it to court and, no, we’re not going to wait till the courts decide,” Pelosi said. “We can’t wait for that.”
During the impeachment hearings before the House Judiciary Committee, U.S. Rep. Jarrold Nadler, D-N.Y., stated numerous times that they had to act quickly with the 2020 election approaching.
However, had they taken their time they may passed stronger articles of impeachment. Had they fought in the courts they may have been able to compel core witnesses to testify.
But they didn’t. They rushed it. They did a shoddy job. They lacked first-hand witnesses. They provided no supporting documentation. They did not offer a compelling case evidenced by not a single Republican vote in favor of impeachment, including a number of Republicans who are retiring and who have criticized the president in the past.
Not one, and they lost two members of their own caucus on the article dealing with abuse of power, and three in the vote in favor of the article citing obstruction of Congress.
According to Article 1, Section 2 of the Constitution, the U.S. House of Representatives have the sole power of impeachment. Section 3 of Article 1 of the Constitution says that “The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments.”
It is improper for the House to dictate to the Senate how they conduct their trial just as the Senate can’t dictate to the House how they conduct their inquiry.
The House didn’t offer a fair process and now they expect the Senate to act differently?
Both have a constitutional duty, it’s time to let the Senate do theirs. The Senate should offer a full trial. They should include witnesses. What they shouldn’t have to do is do the House’s job for them when they failed to fully investigate the allegations they made against President Trump.
Speaker Pelosi is playing a partisan game and it seems the real reason this is being done is to use the impeachment as a censure of sorts without giving the President the benefit of a trial. Which could backfire and rightfully so.