The Washington Examiner’s Byron York questioned the possibility that the House could refuse to transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate.
Shortly after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi banged her gavel announcing the vote tallies on the impeachment of President Donald Trump on Wednesday, there was speculation that she would delay delivering the articles of impeachment to the Senate, prompting many questions about why Democrats would have rushed through the process only to put on the brakes now.
“This seems nuts,” York tweeted Wednesday, wondering, “How do Democrats impeach and withhold when they’ve been telling everybody Trump must be removed right now because he poses an immediate threat to our elections?”
This seems nuts. Republicans are supposed to be pressured into begging for an impeachment trial? From WP: ‘Some House Democrats push Pelosi to withhold impeachment articles, delay Senate trial.’ pic.twitter.com/HXjRDsFm8b
— Byron York (@ByronYork) December 18, 2019
Also: How do Democrats impeach and withhold when they’ve been telling everybody Trump must be removed right now because he poses an immediate threat to our elections? Would Dems go straight from pre-emptive impeachment to deferred impeachment?
— Byron York (@ByronYork) December 18, 2019
According to Politico:
Though the House adopted two articles of impeachment charging Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of congressional investigations, it must pass a second resolution formally naming impeachment managers to present the case in the Senate. That second vehicle triggers the official transmission of articles to the Senate.
By delaying passage of that resolution, Pelosi and top Democrats retain control of the articles and hope to put pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to adopt trial procedures they consider bipartisan.
House Democrats have run a fatally flawed process with fake facts, and now they want to deny the President his day in court with another procedural maneuver that proves anew they have no case,” Trump’s liaison to Congress, Eric Ueland, said.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer had also indicated that a delay would put pressure on McConnell, citing an op-ed by constitutional lawyer Laurence Tribe.
“Some think it’s a good idea. And we need to talk about it,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said about push from the caucus’ left flank to delay sending Senate the articles.
— Heather Caygle (@heatherscope) December 18, 2019
York’s line of questions sparked much discussion on Twitter on the “bizarre” actions by Democrats.
Byron York: This impeachment can’t get any more bizarre.
House Dems: Hold my beer.
— The Invisible Tweeter (@DocJackGriffin) December 18, 2019
Democrats are between a rock and a hard place and don’t know it.
— Susanna Alio (@AlioSusanna) December 18, 2019
So if “she” isn’t sending the impeachment thingamajig over to the senate right away, that tells me “she” is trying to decide if it’s politically wise to do so
Not because impeachment was needed
— Thomas O’Connor ?? (@TheyCallMeTomO1) December 19, 2019
That has to be unconstitutional. What can the Senate do —- surely vote withheld articles illegitimate and then vote acquittal. Due process – justice delayed is justice denied. And it directly contradicts the newest schtick of need to get Trump out before he can cheat again.
— Loren Cosby (@LorenCosby) December 18, 2019
How do they do any of the things they do? They have people so angry they can’t think straight. At the end of the day the Democrats are lying only to their voters. The people who trust them.
— ? The ßlair B*tch Project ®️ (@blairanton) December 18, 2019
Byron, you know and I know that whatever they decide to do, logic and consistency will have nothing to do with it. It will all be (a) what the polls tell them; and (b) what the PACs tell them.
— Paul David Bauer (@pbauer1959) December 18, 2019
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