Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., seems to believe that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi holding the articles of impeachment, potentially prompting a constitutional crisis, is a good idea.
Taking to Twitter, the Democratic senator said Pelosi “can send them over whenever she wants,” and noted that “it’s driving [President] Trump and the Republicans crazy.
Unfortunately for Whitehouse, Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume is on the case.
3) It puts the focus on Mitch’s mischief to fix the trial by hiding probative evidence.
4) She has a good point: the kind of trial it will be affects what managers she should send. Particularly after Mitch confessed he’d violate his oath of impartiality, its a fair question.
— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) December 21, 2019
It’s clear that Democrats are trying to gain the upper hand in dealing with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
And while he has disappointed conservatives in the past, McConnell has proven that he can by wily when motivated and is no pushover when challenging the opposition party.
Responding to the tweet from Whitehouse, Hume asked a simple question about the tactic that is allegedly driving the GOP crazy: “If that’s true, why is Schumer fuming and McConnell laughing?”
If that’s true, why is Schumer fuming and McConnell laughing? https://t.co/eiBrVAXrWf
— Brit Hume (@brithume) December 22, 2019
In a floor speech late last week declaring an impasse with Democrats in establishing the rules for an impeachment trial, McConnell pretty much dismissed any notion of Pelosi’s actions having any impact.
“In a highly unusual step, the Speaker of the House continues to hem and haw about whether and when she intends to take the normal next step and transmit the House’s accusations to the Senate,” McConnell said.
“Some House Democrats imply they are withholding the articles for some kind of ‘leverage’ so they can dictate the Senate process to Senators,” he added. “I admit, I’m not sure what ‘leverage’ there is in refraining from sending us something we do not want!”
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wants to call witnesses, but McConnell is pushing back, asking why he should have to clean up House Democrats’ “shoddy work.”
Hume also responded to a tweet from Byron York on whether or not Trump has actually been impeached.
“If House Democrats continue to play this game, I can’t see what would prevent McConnell and the Senate Republicans from dismissing the articles of impeachment for lack of prosecution,” Hume tweeted.
If House Democrats continue to play this game, I can’t see what would prevent McConnell and the Senate Republicans from dismissing the articles of impeachment for lack of prosecution. It would take two thirds to convict, but only a simple majority to dismiss. https://t.co/kAJPY5azoh
— Brit Hume (@brithume) December 21, 2019
Here’s a quick sampling of responses from Twitter which suggests social media users are feeling confident about Democrats coming up with the short end of the stick here:
You’re bursting his bubble https://t.co/MRGk3vXquz
— Keith W. Preston (@KeithWpreston) December 22, 2019
What doesn’t help the Democrats is they kept up a “this is urgent Trump is a threat to the country!” narrative but now … they delay?
And the next day they pass Trump’s deal, #USMCA.
Real threat to the nation there. Dems aren’t serious & don’t believe their own rhetoric.
— Heidi (@heidiponyrider) December 22, 2019
When is an impeachment not an impeachment? …when it never reaches the Senate.
— Ribo413 (@Pvr9Riley) December 22, 2019
I don’t recall the last time McConnell held every card. He has absolutely nothing to lose and you can’t spin that.
— Glen Nelson (@glentnelson) December 22, 2019
Yeah we do – It was @ericswalwell
— Bob Winslow (@drspigot) December 22, 2019
Go easy oh him. the Left has had a long-term meltdown, so they should be allowed to celebrate this meaningless victory…if it makes them feel better.
— Brain (@waddatwit) December 22, 2019
— Amy #ClearFlynnNow ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #IStandWithPOTUS (@gg_1florida) December 22, 2019
Dems have backed themselves in a corner. GOP won’t help them out.
— The Invisible Tweeter (@DocJackGriffin) December 22, 2019
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