Mitch McConnell welcomes end to Nancy Pelosi's 'one-woman blockade' on impeachment

Clay Curtis
January 15, 2020

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell's efforts to bury the truth and turn the trial into a whitewash with a quickly delivered foreordained conclusion have all but come to naught, thanks in large part to the patience and savvy of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who wisely resisted the pressure to transmit the two articles of impeachment within days of the House vote impeaching Trump.

On Thursday, according to this expected timeline, the Senate would receive the House managers, who will announce the articles of impeachment from the Senate floor.

The Democratic-controlled House passed a separate war powers resolution last week.

To become law, the measure must pass the House of Representatives and either be signed by Trump, or garner a two-thirds majority in both houses of Congress in order to override his veto.

Pelosi will meet behind closed doors with House Democrats to decide next steps on Tuesday morning ahead of the party's presidential primary debate that evening, the last before the Iowa caucuses February 3.

Once the articles are sent to the Senate, the impeachment trial can begin but it remains unclear exactly when it would start.

The House accused Trump of abusing the power of his office by asking Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, withholding a White House meeting and $391 million in military aid.

Though the timing for formal transmission is fluid, The Washington Times learned the upcoming House resolution will include not only the articles but also the name of the impeachment managers, allocation of funds and a compilation of the House's evidence.

Pelosi has delayed sending the charges to the Senate in an unsuccessful effort to get McConnell to agree to include new witness testimony that could be damaging to the Republican president.

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Trump told Fox News in an interview last week that he had "no problem" with Bolton and other officials providing testimony but that he'd likely invoke executive privilege if the situation were to arise. Allowing new witness testimony could be a double-edged sword for Democrats, as some Republicans have said they want to call their own witnesses.

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The president said he shouldn't have to carry the "stigma" of impeachment because he's done nothing wrong.

And one of Trump's top allies in the Senate, Sen.

"It's certainly been revealing to see House Democrats first claim impeachment was so urgent they could not even wait to fill out the factual record and then subsequently delay it for weeks".

Senator Susan Collins, one of those at-risk GOP lawmakers, said she's been working with a small group of Republicans to ensure the upper chamber hears from additional witnesses.

"One of the things that holding on to the articles has succeeded doing is fleshing out McConnell and the president's desire to make this a cover up", Schiff, D-Calif., said on CBS' "Face the Nation". If that succeeds, he said Republicans likely will want to call witnesses of their own.

"That is why Donald Trump has been impeached, because he abused his power". Lindsey Graham said he didn't think it was wise to have House members defending the president during the trial.

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