President Trump has lashed out at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for making demands of the Senate regarding his upcoming trial. Pelosi has been holding back sending the two impeachment articles to the upper chamber, and Trump is accusing her of “crying for fairness” after leading an “unfair” process in the House.
Throughout the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, Trump and fellow Republicans criticized the level of “fairness” of the process, including the initial closed-door sessions with witnesses, an invitation for him to participate in a hearing while he was overseas, and the decision to cite the president’s assertion of executive privilege as evidence of obstruction as opposed to battling it out in court.
“Pelosi gives us the most unfair trial in the history of the U.S. Congress, and now she is crying for fairness in the Senate, and breaking all rules while doing so,” Trump tweeted Monday morning. “She lost Congress once, she will do it again!”
Both chambers of Congress are engaged in an unusual battle over the next steps in the historic process, after the House accused Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress for his actions concerning Ukraine, in the third-ever impeachment of an American president.
Pelosi is now indicating she will not turn over the articles of impeachment to the Senate or name impeachment managers, until the upper chamber announces the process of how the trial will be conducted.
Coinciding with that position, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has demanded that the Senate be allowed to subpoena documents and witnesses who did not appear before the House. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., responded by saying that the Senate’s role is not to do what the House failed to do during what he has called “the most rushed, least thorough, and most unfair impeachment inquiry in modern history.”
Pelosi Will Eventually Yield
Meanwhile, most political experts, and of course the GOP, see Pelosi’s position as tenuous at best, and that she is going to have to relent, and soon.
“She will yield. There’s no way she can hold this position,” Marc Short, the chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, said. “We think her case is going nowhere.’’
Trump continues to call Pelosi’s holdup “unfair” and claimed that Democrats were violating the Constitution, as the delay threatened to prolong the pain of impeachment and cast uncertainty on the timing of the vote Trump is gearing up to use as his vindication.
Short called Pelosi’s delay unacceptable, saying she’s “trampling” Trump’s rights to “rush this through, and now we’re going to hold it up to demand a longer process in the Senate with more witnesses.”
“If her case is so air-tight … why does she need more witnesses to make her case?’’ Short said.