Our congressional representatives have been back in D.C. for several days, yet the impeachment articles have still not been transferred to the Senate by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
While most believe this is to gain some type of leverage over Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY), McConnell is refusing to budget, stating, “Their time is over.”
Technically, the Senate does not have to wait for the articles to be transmitted to continue the impeachment process.
McConnell could very easily amend the existing Senate rule if he wanted to, but he has already told Pelosi the Senate does not even want the articles or the impeachment.
Rather than change the rules, though, McConnell is respecting the current Senate rule in place that does call for the article to be transmitted.
He has also stated that the House, no matter what Pelosi thinks, does not get to influence the rules in a Senate trial.
McConnell stated, “Their turn is over. They’ve done enough damage.
“It’s the Senate’s turn now to render sober judgment.”
At the heart of the debate is whether or not Democrats will be able to call witnesses in a Senate hearing.
Democrat Senator and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stands on historical precedent.
He stated, “Never, never in the history of our country has there been an impeachment trial in which the Senate was denied the ability to hear from witnesses, yet the Republican leader seems intent on violating that precedent and denying critical evidence to this body and to the American people.”
McConnell stands by the fact the Democrats never made a real and legitimate case for impeachment, so why waste more time?
Pelosi appears prepared to hold the articles until McConnell budges on this, but he seems to be ready to dig in for the long haul on this.
It should be noted, according to earlier reports, President Trump would prefer a full trial to clear his name.
While McConnell has said he will coordinate with the White House, clearly, he still differs on this specific aspect of the trial.