Pelosi Won't Send Articles Of Impeachment Until Senate Guarantees Fair Hearing
The U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump on Wednesday, but shortly afterward, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) indicated she will not send the articles of impeachment to the Senate until she feels the body will provide a fair trial.
According to VICE News, the unprecedented move could delay a Senate trial, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has already indicated will be wrapped up as quickly as possible and will serve to protect the president.
“We have legislation approved by the Rules Committee that will enable us to decide how we will send over the articles of impeachment,” Pelosi during a Wednesday night press conference. “We cannot name [impeachment] managers until we see what the process is on the Senate side.”
“The question is now whether Sen. McConnell will allow a fair trial in the Senate, whether the majority leader will allow a trial that involves witnesses and testimony and documents. A trial that should be fair to the president, yes, but should be fair to the American people,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) said in defense of Pelosi’s move.
McConnell so far has refused Democrats’ demand to call witnesses during the impeachment trial, which VICE News noted is “a major departure from the bipartisan process embraced by the Senate during President Clinton’s impeachment trial.”
The Constitution requires that the Senate act swiftly on articles of impeachment, but Pelosi refused numerous times to guarantee she will send the two articles of impeachment against Trump over to the Senate — another departure from precedent.