After months of barring House Republicans from taking part in closed-door hearings in the basement of Congress and refusing to even allow Republicans to select a single witness in the impeachment charade — Democrats are now trying to make demands for the Senate trial.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is refusing to send the articles of impeachment to the GOP-controlled Senate.
But for the first time in a long time, Republicans are not budging an inch.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on Thursday that the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the upper chamber will begin next week.
While speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, McConnell said he told Republicans during a closed-door lunch that they should not expect to be able to go home next weekend, indicating the long-delayed trial will be underway.
Proceedings have been held up because Pelosi has refused to send over the House-passed articles of impeachment, but Republicans are about to end things for good.
“We thought, we as the body, that the Speaker will … shortly send that over, so [he] said next weekend don’t go anywhere,” said Alabama GOP Sen. Richard Shelby, characterizing McConnell’s message as a heads-up that the Senate would be in session.
GOP Sen. Kevin Cramer added that McConnell told senators that the two articles would be sent over “soon,” expecting them in the “next day or two.”
“There’s no reason for us to stay this weekend, but don’t expect to be home next weekend was the basic message,” Cramer added after the closed-door caucus lunch.
Once Pelosi sends the articles over, the trial would start the next day at 1 p.m. The Senate would then be in session for six days a week, excluding Sunday, until they wrap what is expected to be a weeks-long process.
The six-day work week will be a shift for senators, who normally come into town on Monday night and leave by Thursday afternoon.
Senators have largely been left in the dark about when to expect Pelosi to send over the two articles, which passed the chamber largely along party lines last month.
McConnell expressed hope the Senate could conclude the impeachment trial before the end of January, but reiterated that this may require the Senate to push Pelosi out of the equation.
At this point, there’s nothing Democrats can do.
Democrats are complaining about McConnell possibly holding an unfair investigation, but that’s literally what Democrats just did for three months.
But before the impeachment trial likely moves into the Senate — Democrats are whining, issuing ridiculous demands, and already claiming the process is “rigged.”
Pelosi and Democrats shouted for months in front of every camera that Trump must be impeached to protect the country.
Now, they aren’t so urgent anymore. Pelosi is refusing to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate, which is her constitutional duty.
They have accused Trump of just about everything imaginable, and after months of wasting taxpayer dollars to hold impeachment hearings, they still can’t prove the president did anything wrong.
And McConnell has already revealed exactly what’s going to happen when the impeachment trial moves into the Senate.