House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced to lawmakers Friday that she would be proceeding with sending the passed articles of impeachment over to the Senate until next week.
“I have asked Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler to be prepared to bring to the Floor next week a resolution to appoint managers and transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate,” Pelosi wrote in a dear colleague letter.
Senate Dems have been telling Pelosi that she wasn't going to win against McConnell and a united GOP. Time to get the farce over with--the sooner the better. And there McConnell will be willing to help.
As long as Trump avoids a major war, the Dems will have hell to pay for this travesty.
UPDATE: David Harsanyi has a pretty good article that exposes the depths of Dem ineptitude--exceeded only by their moral turpitude: Pelosi's Embarrassing Impeachment Blunder. Some excerpts to give you a flavor:
America is the midst of an imaginary impeachment standoff between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. "Both have drawn firm lines in the sand. Someone's got to give," one reporter recently declared.
There is, of course, nothing to "give." Pelosi has no standing to dictate the terms of a Senate trial; no constitutional right or political leverage. Why she has put herself in a position that will ultimately end, one way or another, with her surrendering to McConnell is perplexing.
McConnell, on the other hand, had to take only a short break from confirming judges to inform the House that the Senate would treat the impeachment of Donald Trump the same way it treated the impeachment of Bill Clinton -- with a rules package that passed 100-0 in 1998.
The obvious explanation is that Pelosi is far from the political genius she's claimed to be. Harsanyi hints at that:
A new piece in Time magazine does shed some light on the thought process behind Pelosi's decision to refuse to hand over articles of impeachment to a Senate whose majority doesn't want them. One of the most interesting nuggets in the piece isn't that Pelosi -- portrayed as courageous risk-taker -- had gotten the bright idea from CNN; it's that she specifically got it from noted felon John Dean, Nixon's former White House lawyer. Now, Dean is often portrayed as a patriotic, whistleblowing impeachment expert -- which is true insofar as he planned the Watergate coverup, and then informed on everyone whom he conspired with after they were caught. His real expertise is cashing in on criminality for the past 50 years.
Surely Pelosi, blessed with preternatural political instincts, wouldn't rely on Dean's advice?
Could that be the explanation? That Pelosi admires the way Dean has cashed in on his perfidy for all these years?
Forget Iran.— Rising serpent (@rising_serpent) January 11, 2020
Nancy Pelosi is bombed every day.pic.twitter.com/sMxFMIUxyP