At The American Spectator, David Catron notes that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has no power to dictate to the Senate terms for sending on articles of impeachment. He explains, “The House’s turn is over.” Even Senate Democrats are tired of Pelosi’s stalling reports Catron. He writes (abridged):
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly portrayed President Trump as an existential threat to the republic.
She later justified her mad rush to hold an impeachment vote in December by claiming it was necessary “to defend democracy.” [do you suppose Pelosi does not even know we are not a democracy?]
The speaker of the House has no authority to impose conditions on the Senate in return for transmitting articles of impeachment to that body.
The Constitution unambiguously invests the upper chamber with the sole power to conduct presidential impeachment trials, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made it abundantly clear that he has no intention of acceding to Speaker Pelosi’s unconstitutional demands:
“There will be no haggling with the House over Senate procedure. We will not cede our authority to try this impeachment.
The House’s turn is over.
The Senate has made its decision.”
Even worse, Senate Democrats are growing impatient with Pelosi’s stall tactics. Politico reports that a number of them have admitted that they have very little real leverage.
In the end, her claims that the president constitutes a threat to the Republic and must be removed from office to defend democracy aren’t taken seriously by the electorate. Moreover, the result of the Senate trial is a foregone conclusion. The real danger to our uniquely successful system of government is Nancy Pelosi’s delusions of grandeur.
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