Both sides of the aisle are getting sick and tired of this game by Speaker Pelosi (D-CA).
Now that there are Democrats in both the House and Senate demanding the articles of impeachment be sent, Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL) stated that he will introduce a measure to censure Pelosi on Thursday.
The Waiting Game
Pelosi wants to have approval of the Senate rules before sending the articles of impeachment.
She is, in reality, overreaching her own power.
This has gone unchecked for the most part because Democrats were backing her play.
Now, Dems are getting antsy and want this to move forward as quickly as possible.
There were already grumblings in the House, but after Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) was quoted as saying holding the articles serves no purpose, it gave the green light for Republicans to really attack Pelosi.
Byrne stated, “Speaker Pelosi’s decision to hold the articles of impeachment against President Trump in a pathetic and unconstitutional attempt to extract concessions from the Senate is an unprecedented abuse of power.
“House Democrats made the misguided decision to rush through the most legally unsound and factually unsupported articles of impeachment in the history of this country, and they can’t now insist that the Senate fix their shoddy, incomplete work.”
Byrne also stated the House had simply failed to make its case and now that the House proceedings are done, “let the President finally exercise his right to defend himself.”
He then added, “Until then, the leader of this attempt to throw out constitutional norms to remove our president must be held accountable.”
Rift in Republican Party
Pelosi’s strategy may actually be starting to pay dividends.
We expected Senator Romney (R-UT) to go against the party on this, but now the Iran conflict and the strike against Soleimani is also creating a rift.
Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Mike Lee (R-TX) have stated they will back the War Powers resolution that is about to be put on the House floor.
If it passes the House, which it will, it may now actually pass the Senate when McConnell puts it on the floor for a vote.
Without Paul and Lee, Republicans are right on the line for 51 votes, so if one more Republican strays, it will pass.