Pelosi Drops Bombshell Impeachment Move. Hint: Moscow Mitch Isn’t In Control

Just minutes after the U.S. House of Representatives impeached Pres. Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) dropped another bombshell. She may delay sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate for trial because she wants to ensure that they’ll get a fair hearing.

“We have legislation approved by the Rules Committee that will enable us to decide how we will send over the articles of impeachment,” Pelosi announced in a Wednesday night press conference. “We cannot name [impeachment] managers until we see what the process is on the Senate side.”

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) backed up Speaker Pelosi.

“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,” he said.

This huge power play on Pelosi’s part could delay a trial in the Senate, and it’s a direct attempt by House Democrats to leverage their power to force Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to make sure a Senate trial would be fair.

McConnell has made it clear that he has no intention of giving the impeachment articles a fair trial. In fact, he’s collaborating with the accused and has plans in place to put the disgraced president and his White House in charge of the trial.

For one thing, McConnell refused to call witnesses in a Senate trial, which is a departure from what occurred during Pres. Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial. McConnell also wants to push a trial through quickly to try to move Pres. Butthurt past all of the pain and heartbreak.

Twitter users are comparing Pelosi’s plans to what Mitch McConnell did to keep Merrick Garland out of his deserved SCOTUS seat.

Will this move by House Democratic leadership sway McConnell? Not likely. He’s famous for digging in his heels and sticking to the most disastrous plans rather than lose face. McConnell said that he thinks Pelosi “may be too afraid” to send the articles of impeachment his way.

What Pelosi and the House Democrats are doing is unprecedented. It’s never been done before. But a lot of things that Trump and the Republicans have done (and are still doing) are also unprecedented.

My message to Mitch McConnell and all the other Republicans is this: be careful what you wish for.

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Pelosi will be meeting today with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer to discuss the path forward.

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Tiffany Willis Clark is a fifth-generation Texan and the founder and editor-in-chief of Liberal America and AmReading.com. An unapologetic member of the Christian Left, she had a long and successful career actively working with at-risk youth, people struggling with poverty and unemployment, and disadvantaged and oppressed populations. She’s passionate about their struggles. In 2011, she made the decision to pursue her dreams and become a full-time writer. Connect with her on LinkedIn, follow her on Twitter, and like her Facebook page.