After delaying the process for almost a month in an effort to get Republicans to agree to her terms for a Senate trial, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced last Friday that she will finally take the necessary steps this week to send impeachment articles to the Senate, as required by the Constitution.
“I have asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to be prepared to bring to the Floor next week a resolution to appoint managers and transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate. I will be consulting with you at our Tuesday House Democratic Caucus meeting on how we proceed further,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to colleagues last Friday.
Even the Democrats were beginning to voice their frustration and impatience over the fact that Pelosi refused to release the articles, which is what triggered the Speaker to finally stop attempting to use the articles as leverage. In fact, in recent days, Democrats stressed their concern with the Speaker’s approach. House Democrats questioned Pelosi’s actions and also questioned why the urgency with which impeachment was treated at the end of 2019 has now been delayed.
“I think it’s time to turn the articles over,” said Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) “Let’s see where the Senate can take it.”
Even Sen. Dianne Feinstein, (D-CA) called out Pelosi for the delay of sending the articles.
“The longer it goes on, the less urgent it becomes,” Feinstein said. “So if it’s serious and urgent, send them over. If it isn’t, don’t send it over.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was thrilled to hear that Pelosi finally decided to move forward and had a simple response: “About time.”
Pelosi now contends that there is new information on the Ukraine controversy that has been discovered.
“I am very proud of the courage and patriotism exhibited by our House Democratic Caucus as we support and defend the Constitution,” Pelosi wrote. She continued with her letter, indicating that the Senate must conduct a “fair trial” with witnesses and documents, which is completely contradictory to the actions during the House impeachment trial.
McConnell has indicated that he has the votes needed to pass the resolution and begin the trial, once he receives the articles. While most impeachment resolutions can pass with a simple majority which is 51 votes., it takes 67 votes to remove a president from office.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, (R-IA) was not happy at all with Pelosi and blasted her for the delay.
“Speaker Pelosi threw the United States Congress into unnecessary chaos with this pointless delay,” Grassley said in a statement. “From the beginning, it’s been unclear what the goal of this hurry-up-and-wait tactic was or what the country stood to gain. We now know the answer was nothing.”
“We’ve had three weeks of uncertainty and confusion, causing even more division,” he added. “Regardless, I will take my role as a juror seriously and review the evidence presented by both sides before making any determination.”