Former Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy theorized that the ongoing impeachment drama, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic colleagues, is politically motivated to help them win an election—but not the presidency.
According to Gowdy, Democrats are confident Trump will win his re-election bid so they are holding onto impeachment to campaign to win a majority in the Senate.
In a Fox News op-ed, Gowdy argued: “The impeachment inquiry, investigation, votes, and ultimate refusal to transmit articles are not about removing Trump from office. Rather, it is a tacit acknowledgment he will be reelected in November of 2020.”
“The plan now is to use impeachment to neuter that second term with a Democrat-controlled Senate,” the former South Carolina representative continued, as the Washington Examiner reports.
Gowdy confirmed the “impeachment exercise is most assuredly about removing someone from office,” but not Trump—just yet.
“It’s just not about removing Trump from office. It’s about removing Cory Gardner, Martha McSally, Thom Tillis, Susan Collins, and Joni Ernst from their Senate offices,” he continued.
“Senate Republicans should move to acquire jurisdiction and release those articles of impeachment from wherever they are currently imprisoned. And Senate Republicans should set a day certain for the trial to begin,” he said.
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The Washington Examiner adds:
After testimony by dozens of witnesses on the Ukraine matter, the Democratic-led House passed two articles of impeachment last month that charged Trump with abuse of power in dealing with Ukraine and obstruction of Congress.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, is withholding articles of impeachment because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has signaled he may not call any witnesses. McConnell has signed onto a measure that would allow lawmakers to begin Trump’s impeachment trial without receiving the articles.