TIDES TURNING: Feinstein Rebukes Pelosi’s Impeachment Delay; ‘Send Them Over’
After claiming President Donald Trump is a national security threat and “must” be impeached to protect the nation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is refusing to transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate.
House Democrats impeached the president almost one month ago, but Pelosi won’t send the articles to the Senate because she knows Trump will be fully acquitted.
Adding even more hilarity to it all, now top Senate Democrats are apparently tired of Pelosi’s games and are calling on her to send the articles to the upper chamber.
Bloomberg journalist Laura Litvan reported on Wednesday that California Democratic Sen. Diane Feinstein is ready to end the delay of impeachment articles, asking that Pelosi “send them over” soon.
“If we’re going to do it, she should send them over,” Feinstein said. “I don’t see what good delay does.”
Dianne Feinstein says it’s time for Speaker Nancy Pelosi to send the impeachment articles to the Senate.— Laura Litvan (@LauraLitvan) January 8, 2020
“If we’re going to do it, she should send them over,” the California Democrat said. “I don’t see what good delay does.”
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia echoed a similar tune, saying, “Now that we have John Bolton saying he wants to testify, she’s accomplished something.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaking on the Senate floor, criticized House Democrats for “dragging their heels and refusing to proceed to a Senate trial” and said Pelosi has “no leverage” to influence his chamber’s trial procedures.
“There will be no haggling with the House over Senate procedures,” McConnell said. “We will not cede our authority “to control Trump’s impeachment trial, he said. “The Senate is not a creature of the House.”
McConnell announced a day earlier that he has enough Republican votes to set the impeachment trial rules without support from Democrats. A decision on whether to call witnesses won’t come until after each side presents its case, the majority leader said.
“Not all witnesses are people the Democrats are eager to hear from,” McConnell said.
Senate Judiciary Committee Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham has other ideas, telling Pelosi that if she does not transmit the articles by the end of the week, the Senate should “take matters in our own hands.”
During an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” Graham accused Pelosi of playing political games and trying to exert control over the Senate trial by keeping it from starting.
Graham justified this by claiming Pelosi was engaging in a “political stunt” by holding off on sending the impeachment articles to the Senate, weeks after they were approved by a House vote.