McConnell taunts Pelosi & Schumer on very ‘weak’ impeachment articles: ‘Too afraid’ to bring to Senate?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blasted Democrats for the “thinnest, weakest” impeachment in US history and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her “hemming and hawing” on proceeding.

The Kentucky Republican torched the Democrats in a series of tweets Thursday after Pelosi indicated that she would not be sending articles of impeachment over to the Senate as expected, following the vote in the House Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

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“The prosecutors are getting cold feet in front of the entire country,” McConnell said, accusing Democrats of being “too afraid to even submit their accusations to the Senate and go to trial.”

Calling out Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer for “demanding that the Senate re-do the House’s homework,” McConnell also took aim at Pelosi for suddenly dragging her feet about sending the articles of impeachment to the upper chamber.

Pelosi told reporters Thursday that she was withholding the articles of impeachment from the Senate only until she was assured of the process for trial under the GOP-led chamber of Congress. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer also indicated that a delay would put pressure on McConnell, citing an op-ed by constitutional lawyer Laurence Tribe.

McConnell mocked Democrats’ “buyer’s remorse about the least fair, least thorough, and most rushed impeachment in American history.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham also called out Pelosi for the delay game she seemed to be playing, warning that it could become a Constitutional threat.

In a Senate floor speech Thursday, McConnell again slammed the rushed and unfair House process, adding that Pelosi is “too afraid” to forward “their shoddy work product.”

Later he told reporters it’s “fine with us” if Pelosi doesn’t send the articles of impeachment.

“If the speaker wants to hold on to them, that’s fine with us,” the GOP Senate leader said.

“It’s beyond me how the Speaker and Democratic Leader in the Senate think withholding the articles of impeachment and not sending them over gives them leverage,” McConnell told reporters at the Capitol. “Frankly, I’m not anxious to have the trial … If [Pelosi] thinks her case is so weak she doesn’t want to send it over, throw me into that brier patch.”

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