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Pelosi’s Pause: ‘Unlikely’ impeachment vote will come before Christmas

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Despite the growing lack of support for the Democrats’ impeachment campaign against President Trump, it seems a full House vote may have to be stretched out until after the coming holidays.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi is unlikely to hold a vote by all of the members of the House before Christmas, according to a senior member of the House Speaker’s team.

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The staffer on Pelosi’s leadership team told Fox News it would be “too complex” to take a vote before Christmas, Fox News’ Chad Pergram noted in a tweet Tuesday.

Apparently a December 20 deadline on funding bills will take up a major portion of the lawmakers’ time.

“I just don’t see it,” the source reportedly said of getting the impeachment vote out before Christmas. “It’s too big.”

Pergram noted the potential “roadblocks” Democrats are facing.

He also noted that Pelosi is “the ultimate decision maker here,” while pointing out that former President Bill Clinton was impeached by the House on a Saturday before Christmas in 1998.

Nevertheless, the House Judiciary Committee is moving ahead with another impeachment hearing on Wednesday while some speculate that Pelosi doesn’t currently have the votes to hold a full impeachment vote at this time.

The Democrat leader has indicated that court battles and stone-walling by the White House will not stop the impeachment freight train, even if it is more of a train wreck for lawmakers in the party who face re-election battles ahead.

“They keep taking it to court and, no, we’re not going to wait till the courts decide,” Pelosi told reporters last month. “That might be information that’s available to the Senate in terms of how far we go and when we go. But … we can’t wait for that because again, it’s a technique. It’s obstruction of justice.”

Rep. Val Demings indicated last month that an expedited process by the Judiciary Committee and an end to the proceedings before the holiday break would be a great “gift” to Democrats.

“I would think it would make sense for us to start having those preliminary discussions,” the Florida Democrat who is a member of both the Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, told Politico. “Wouldn’t that be a great Christmas gift for it to all wrap up by Christmas? I think it’s very possible.”

Conservative columnist Byron York noted that the “clock is ticking” for Democrats as an impeachment dragging past the holiday break could impact the primaries with the Iowa caucuses beginning Feb. 3.

“If Pelosi and Schiff can pass impeachment articles by Christmas, they can send the matter to the Senate for trial in January. Even on that accelerated schedule, the trial will probably overlap, at least a little, with voting. But if the House can’t get impeachment done by the holidays, the matter will certainly drag on through the primaries. So the race is on,” York wrote in an opinion piece published by the Washington Examiner.

Wednesday’s hearing is set to include no fact witnesses and only four legal scholars – all but one of whom are Democrats.

Frieda Powers

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