House Speaker and California Rep. Nancy Pelosi thought she was being wise by deciding to hold on to her Articles of Impeachment after they were passed by The House of Representatives.
But as it happens it appears that President Donald Trump is not impeached, and it is all thanks to Rep. Pelosi’s power play.
It was sad enough for cheerful Democrats when many of them discovered that being impeached did not mean that President Trump was no longer president.
But learning that he is not even officially impeached could be enough to send them into a full-fledged meltdown.
What Speaker Pelosi is doing is attempting to leverage her Articles of Impeachment to pressure the Senate into caving to rules that Democrats want for the impeachment trial.
What she has not considered are two very important things. The first is that the Senate is in no rush to get the impeachment.
“It’s like the prosecutors are getting cold feet in front of the entire country and second-guessing whether they even want to go to trial,” Senate Majority Leader and Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell said.
“I’m not sure what leverage there is from refraining from sending us something we do not want,” he said.
And the other thing she did not consider is that she has made it so the president is able to reasonably brag that he has not been impeached.
“Impeachment as contemplated by the Constitution does not consist merely of the vote by the House, but of the process of sending the articles to the Senate for trial. Both parts are necessary to make an impeachment under the Constitution: The House must actually send the articles and send managers to the Senate to prosecute the impeachment. And the Senate must actually hold a trial,” Noah Feldman of Bloomberg News said.
“If the House does not communicate its impeachment to the Senate, it hasn’t actually impeached the president. If the articles are not transmitted, Trump could legitimately say that he wasn’t truly impeached at all.
“That’s because ‘impeachment’ under the Constitution means the House sending its approved articles of to the Senate, with House managers standing up in the Senate and saying the president is impeached,” he said.
The hilarious part about this is that Feldman testified for the Democrats during the president’s impeachment inquiry.
As the kids say, she played herself and now she looks more ridiculous than usual. And that is a feat.
The Speaker is attempting to control both the House and the Senate in order to manipulate the White House and it is not going to work.
She proved that not even she believes the impeachment is going anywhere last week when she invited President Trump to give the State of the Union address on February 4, 2020.
If she thought she had any shot of getting the president removed from office there is no way she would have given the invitation.
And now she wants to hold on to the impeachment and make demands for fairness? The same fairness that she and her caucus did not give the president in the House.
No chance Nancy.