The House has voted to impeach the President of the United States. Now, they are debating whether to forward it to the Senate for a trial. Incredibly, the same people who denied due process in the House, now want to dictate rules on how to run a trial in the Senate. There is zero chance the Senate will take any guidance from the House on this matter.
The law is very clear:
Whensoever the Senate shall receive notice from the House of Representatives that managers are appointed on their part to conduct an impeachment against any person, and are directed to carry articles of impeachment to the Senate, the Secretary of the Senate shall immediately inform the House of Representatives that the Senate is ready to receive the managers for the purpose of exhibiting such articles of impeachment …
If the Senate never receives notice from the House of Representatives that managers are appointed, the Senate has no duty to act. In fact, there would be no action the Senate could take regarding impeachment without receipt of such notice.
This brilliant decision to pass Article of Impeachment, and then do nothing, came from the inner circle of the Democratic establishment. It probably seemed like a good idea at the time. But whoever came up with this gem made a terrible miscalculation. Democrats in the House voted to remove Donald Trump from office, because it was such a major emergency. For at least some of them, doing nothing is a worst-case scenario. What, after all, was the point? If the House had such a strong case, supported by indisputable facts, then it should be easy to prove this in a trial, right? If they needed to call important witnesses, why weren’t they called by the House, when it was in total control of the process? This silly stunt by Nancy Pelosi makes the entire Impeachment process in the House look like a silly partisan stunt. You cannot declare war on the President of the United States, demand his removal from office, and then do nothing. No one, on either side of this issue, can accept that as an answer.
It will soon become more than obvious that Nancy has zero leverage here. The pressure is on her and only her. There is no pressure on the Senate to do anything. There is no pressure on Donald Trump or the White House to do anything. The world waits for Nancy and only Nancy. She is the one in the pressure cooker and the temperature will be getting hotter by the second.
BOOM!: Response by Mitch McConnell
“It’s beyond me how the speaker and Democratic leader in the Senate think withholding the articles of impeachment and not sending them over gives them leverage,” McConnell told reporters Thursday. “Frankly, I’m not anxious to have the trial.”