House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is finally done with her impeachment holdout and will be transferring the articles over to the Senate soon.
ABC News reports Pelosi is claiming her decision to hold on to the impeachment articles for more than 25 days after they passed with only Democratic support was an effective strategy.
But, Fox News reports Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called Pelosi’s delay a “strange gambit” that “produced absolutely nothing.”
He also said Pelosi is only turning over the articles because she “finally realized she never had any leverage in the first place to dictate Senate procedure to senators and is giving in to bipartisan pressure to move forward.”
“The Senate will not be sucked into this precedent-breaking path,” McConnell added.
Watch his comments below:
Sen. Mitch McConnell: "I'm glad the Speaker finally realized she never had any leverage in the first place." pic.twitter.com/T8yLzgQrGf
— The Hill (@thehill) January 14, 2020
If House Democrats were confident their own investigation was persuasive, they would not be so desperate to get the Senate to reopen it. The House has signaled they're afraid for the Senate to judge the case they will actually send us. The case they voted for. pic.twitter.com/oqhg2drPdY
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) January 13, 2020
McConnell also swiped Pelosi on Twitter, saying the only unity she was making was a bipartisan group against impeachment.
“This is a challenging time to create a bipartisan agreement. But Speaker Pelosi has managed to do the impossible. She has created growing bipartisan unity — in opposition to her own reckless games with impeachment,” he said.
This is a challenging time to create bipartisan agreement. But the Speaker Pelosi has managed to do the impossible. She has created growing bipartisan unity — in opposition to her own reckless games with impeachment.
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) January 9, 2020
Pelosi is reportedly meeting together with some of her Democratic colleagues behind closed doors on Tuesday to further discuss handing over the impeachment articles to McConnell. Once Pelosi passes the articles over, it will effectively rid Democrats from having any more power over the process.
Over the weekend, Pelosi told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos that her delay was “about [getting] a fair trial.”
“What we think we accomplished in the past few weeks is that we wanted the public to see the need for witnesses,” she continued.
“We think that would be with witnesses and documentation,” Pelosi said, advising her Republican colleagues to tread lightly. “Now the ball is in their court to either do that, or pay a price for not doing it.”
ABC News adds:
Last Friday, Pelosi finally appeared to budge, announcing in a Dear Colleague letter that she was instructing House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler to “be prepared” to offer a resolution transmitting the articles across the Capitol, while naming impeachment managers to prosecute the lower chamber’s case before the Senate.
“I will be consulting with you at our Tuesday House Democratic Caucus meeting on how we proceed further,” Pelosi wrote to her caucus Friday. “In an impeachment trial, every Senator takes an oath to ‘do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws.’ Every Senator now faces a choice: to be loyal to the President or the Constitution.”
Last month, the House passed two articles of impeachment, obstruction of justice and abuse of power — serving as a constitutional indictment of the president.