MCCONNELL STRIKES BACK: Threatens To CANCEL Trial If Pelosi Withholds Articles
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On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell laid into Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, threatening to cancel the Senate impeachment trial if she fails to send over the articles of impeachment.
The announcement by McConnell comes after he and Speaker Pelosi have been sparring over the ongoing impeachment fiasco. Shortly after the House voted in favor of impeaching President Trump, Pelosi announced that she was considering withholding the impeachment articles from the Senate because she was allegedly worried about Republican "bias."
The Daily Mail reports:
The speaker and the Senate Republican leader went to war over the next steps in the impeachment process as Pelosi slammed McConnell as a 'rogue leader' - and he blasted her articles as 'slapdash' and 'unfair.'
The dispute exploded into the open the morning after Democrats voted to impeach Trump, with the president bragging he was going to win the whole thing by 'default.'
'If the Do Nothing Democrats decide, in their great wisdom, not to show up, they would lose by Default!,' Trump argued on Twitter of his upcoming Senate trial, which is now in doubt.
Pelosi has to 'transmit' the articles of impeachment and appoint 'managers' to prosecute the president - but offered no timeline on when she would do that, saying she wanted to see the Senate's plan for a 'fair trial,' effectively holding the articles over McConnell and Trump's heads.
"It's beyond me how the Speaker and Democratic Leader in the Senate think withholding the articles of impeachment and not sending them over gives them leverage," McConnell blasted.
"Frankly, I'm not anxious to have the trial. If she thinks her case is so weak she doesn't want to send it over, throw me into that briar patch," he added.
The Daily Mail continues:
In the Senate, McConnell declared that 'their slapdash process has concluded in the first purely partisan presidential impeachment since the wake of the Civil War.'
Citing previous House votes that fell short of authorizing impeachment inquiries, he said Democrats had 'tried to impeach President Trump for being impolite to the press, for being mean to professional athletes, for changing President Obama's policy on transgender people in the military.'
'All of these things were high crimes and misdemeanors according to the Democrats,' he said.
McConnell cited Democrats' earlier pledges to impeach Trump as proof that Wednesday's vote 'was not some neutral judgment that Democrats came to with great reluctance. It was the predetermined end of a partisan crusade that began before President Trump was even nominated, let alone sworn in.'
House Democrats have begun pressing Pelosi to force the Senate to tailor the upcoming constitutional trial to their wishes—by refusing to send the articles of impeachment to McConnell until he agrees to their terms.
McConnell shredded Pelosi by calling her bluff, stating that even she knows that the impeachment articles are very weak.
"Pelosi suggested that House Democrats may be too afraid to even transmit their shoddy work product to the Senate," he mocked.
President Trump also jumped in to criticize the Democrats. The President cited the Senate's rules for impeachment in a tweet, noting that, "[t]he Senate shall set the time and place of the trial."
"The Do Nothing Party want to Do Nothing with the Articles & not deliver them to the Senate, but it's Senate's call!" The President warned, adding that they would "lose by default."
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