In the wake of the historic House impeachment of President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., “may be too afraid” to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate after the speaker suggested she won’t submit them until she believes a “fair trial will take place.”
McConnell lambasted the impeachment from the Senate floor as “the most rushed, least thorough, and most unfair … in modern history.” He said Pelosi “gave in to a temptation” and that the House impeached Trump “simply because they disagree with a presidential act.”
The two articles of impeachment approved by the House on Wednesday charge Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. But, McConnell has said that those articles are “fundamentally unlike any articles that any prior House of Representatives has ever passed” and the idea that Democrats will withhold the articles, suggests “House Democrats may be too afraid to even transmit their shoddy work product to the Senate.”
“Looks like the prosecutors are getting cold feet in front of the entire country and second-guessing whether they even want to go to trial,” McConnell said, trashing the “comical” idea that Democrats will now “sit on their hands.”
Such actions “concede that their own allegations are unproven,” McConnell said, suggesting that “every future president” could now face impeachment, “free to swamp the Senate with trial after trial, no matter how baseless.”
McConnell continued from the floor, “This particular House of Representatives has let its partisan rage at this particular president create a toxic new precedent that will echo well into the future,” accusing Democrats of giving in to “temptation” with their impeachment vote while challenging their handling of the articles in the aftermath.
After an impeachment in the House, the articles are normally sent over to the upper chamber for an impeachment trial. Yet in the latest twist, Pelosi has indicated that she may not send over articles of impeachment yet — until she gets reassurances about the Senate process.
“We’ll make a decision… as we go along,” Pelosi told reporters Wednesday, adding that “we’ll see what the process will be on the Senate side.”
That is what raised McConnell’s ire, and had him lash out saying that Pelosi was now “afraid” to have the “shoddy” case sent to the upper chamber.
Trump also expressed disdain over the idea that Democrats may not immediately submit the articles, tweeting on Thursday, “Now the Do Nothing Party want to Do Nothing with the Articles & not deliver them to the Senate, but it’s Senate’s call!”
“The Senate shall set the time and place of the trial,” he said. “If the Do Nothing Democrats decide, in their great wisdom, not to show up, they would lose by Default!”
However, the articles must be transmitted to the Senate before such a trial could begin.