Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is reportedly looking to move forward on impeachment without House Speaker Nancy Pelosi handing over the impeachment articles.
As the Hill reports, McConnell told Republicans during a closed-door meeting that the Senate impeachment trial will begin next week.
“[Democrats] do not get to trap our entire country into an unending Groundhog Day of impeachment without resolution,” McConnell said via BizPac Review.
He continued, per the report:
“What have House Democrats actually done? They have initiated one of the most grave and most unsettling processes in our Constitution, and then refused to allow a resolution of it.
The Speaker began something that she herself predicted would be so divisive to the country, and now she is unilaterally saying it cannot move forward to resolution…They do not get to trap our entire country into an unending Groundhog Day of impeachment without resolution.
Alexander Hamilton specifically warned against a procrastinated resolution of impeachments. In part, that is because our duly elected president deserves a verdict, just like every American who is accused by their government deserves a speedy trial.
This goes deeper than fairness to one individual. This is about what is fair to the entire country. There’s a reason why the Framers did not contemplate a permanently unsettled presidency. That is true under any circumstances, but consider especially the circumstances of recent days.
Even as the Democrats have prolonged this game, we have seen Iran escalate tensions with our nation. We live in a dangerous world. So yes, the House majority can create this temporary cloud over a commander-in-chief if they choose. But they do not get to keep the cloud in place forever.
There is real business for the American people that the United States Senate needs to complete. If the Speaker continues to refuse to take her own accusations to trial, the Senate will move forward next week with the business of our people.
We will operate on the assumption that House Democrats are too embarrassed to ever move forward. And we will get back to the people’s business.”
McConnell’s comments come as three Republican senators have said their body would be proceeding with the trial, advising members not to leave Washington.
“Hats off to Mitch McConnell for playing this very well. We’ll take the trial up next week,” Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told Fox News’s Sean Hannity.
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Sens. Roy Blunt (Mo.) and John Cornyn (Texas), members of GOP leadership, both confirmed McConnell’s comments during the closed-door caucus but cautioned that they had also expected the standoff between Pelosi and McConnell to already be over.
“It’s an assumption of what we believe will happen,” Blunt said. “I believe we’re believing, as we believed last weekend, that these documents are about to come over.”
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he has enough support from his fellow Republicans to begin the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump even though lawmakers have yet to agree whether to call witnesses.
The framework supported by Republican senators, which McConnell has described as a “phase one” deal, would postpone the decision on whether to have witnesses testify during the trial — mirroring the process used during former Democratic President Bill Clinton’s five-week impeachment trial in 1999.
Pelosi’s refusal to hand over the impeachment articles has stalled the process for more than 23 days, something she admitted would change “soon.”
“I’m not holding them indefinitely,” Pelosi said during a presser at the Capitol. “I’ll send them over when I’m ready, and that will probably be soon.”
According to the Hill, an impeachment trial will likely have an impact on the Democratic presidential primary as five of the candidates are senators who would have to be present for impeachment proceedings:
The timing of the trial, just weeks ahead of the Iowa caucuses, could pose a challenge for the five senators seeking the Democratic presidential nomination: Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Cory Booker (D-N.Y.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said this week that the party could reschedule the year’s first primary debate — currently set for Tuesday — if it conflicts with trial proceedings.
It’s been 2️⃣3️⃣ DAYS since Nancy Pelosi has refused to send the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate.
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