House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is leaving open the possibility of new articles of impeachment being filed against President Donald Trump.
Appearing Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” the speaker said the decision may rest on what happens in the Senate.
“You said he’s violating the Constitution again and again. Do you think it’s possible the House may have to file new articles of impeachment?” George Stephanopoulos asked, lending credence to such a move.
“Well let’s just see what the Senate does,” Pelosi replied.
Pelosi has been holding the articles of impeachment against the president that were approved by House Democrats for three weeks in a ploy to try to dictate how the U.S. Senate conducts the pending trial — never mind that the Constitution gives the upper chamber “sole Power to try all Impeachments.”
With Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell holding his ground in not allowing Pelosi to dictate terms, such as whether new witnesses will be called, the speaker was facing pressure to send the articles on.
Senate Republicans introduced a resolution allowing for a motion to dismiss if Pelosi failed to send the articles within 25 days, with McConnell backing the measure. So the speaker was running out of time and let it be known Sunday that she will soon cave, though she tried to claim victory by saying her tactic produced “a very positive result” of letting the public “see the need for witnesses.”
This is not the first time House Democrats have signaled that they may file additional articles of impeachment against Trump.
Attorneys with the House Judiciary Committee argued in a December court brief that testimony from former White House counsel Don McGahn was being sought, saying this could lead to additional articles of impeachment against the president.
On Friday, Pelosi signaled that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., should be ready in the coming days to bring to the floor the measure to appoint impeachment managers and send the articles of impeachment to the Senate, Fox News reported.
While the exact timing is up in the air, she is expected to discuss how they proceed at the weekly Democratic caucus meeting Tuesday.
Once the speaker decides when to put the measure on the floor, the announcement of the impeachment managers should take place — who these individuals are and how many are at the top of the questions here.
What is clear is that once the Senate has the articles of impeachment, gamesmanship from House Democrats is largely over and McConnell will then be at the helm. It may take the Senate a week or so to actually begin the trial, which starts with Chief Justice John Roberts swearing in senators as jurors.
Unless Pelosi decides to impeach the president again.
The pursuit of Trump began before he ever took office, as seen in the maneuverings of the FBI, and have continued throughout his entire presidency — no sooner had former special counsel Robert Mueller concluded his probe of the Russian collusion hoax did House Democrats launch their own investigations. At least five Democrat-controlled committees were engaged in digging up dirt on the president at one point.
The Trump campaign shared Sunday’s video clip online, slamming Pelosi.
“She would rather waste more time & taxpayer money on her partisan games than focus on issues Americans really care about,” the caption read. “Democrats put their hatred of @realDonaldTrump above all else. Unbelievable!”
Nancy Pelosi is leaving the door open for NEW articles of impeachment.
She would rather waste more time & taxpayer money on her partisan games than focus on issues Americans really care about.
Democrats put their hatred of @realDonaldTrump above all else.
— Trump War Room — Text FIGHT to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) January 12, 2020
Pelosi said today:
– Trump won't be president next year "one way or another"
– Dems may "have him removed sooner" than the election
– Trump "will be impeached forever"
It's clear: Impeachment was a Democrat hit job to stain Trump’s legacy and hurt him at the polls. Nothing more. pic.twitter.com/LY4TUwNiuZ
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) January 12, 2020
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