Nancy Pelosi has remained confident in her claims that the Democrats are a unified front, and that the impeachment of President Trump has been handled with superlative care.
According to a new report on ABC News, Rachel Bade, a Washington Post congressional reporter revealed that many Democrats have privately revealed that Pelosi’s impeachment was a “gambit “and a “failed strategy.”
This week, Pelosi is expected to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate.
According to Bade, several Democrats were “furious” with Pelosi.
“She was clearly putting a positive spin on what a lot of Democrats have privately said was a failed strategy,” Bade said.
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She noted how Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer were pushing for witnesses and wanted a resolution on the proceedings and “got neither of those.”
“I know her team has sort of said, look, she was able to hold out, there was a bunch of new revelations that happened over the holiday break. Bolton came out and said he’s willing to testify,” Bade said.
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She added: “Those things probably would have happen regardless of whether she was holding them. And, in fact, there might have even been more news focused on those things if everybody wasn’t asking what is Nancy Pelosi doing for the articles.”
Beyond Pelosi’s endless games, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the impeachment trial in the upper chamber will begin this week.
Pelosi recently announced that she will send impeachment articles to the Senate in order for a trial to start next week, Fox News reports.
Pelosi wrote, “I have asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to be prepared to bring to the Floor next week a resolution to appoint managers and transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate.”
“I will be consulting with you at our Tuesday House Democratic Caucus meeting on how we proceed further,” Pelosi added in a letter to colleagues.
Pelosi’s fellow Democrats started to voice their frustration and impatience as Pelosi withheld the articles of impeachment.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) told to Politico “The longer it goes on the less urgent it becomes. So if it’s serious and urgent, send them over. If it isn’t, don’t send it over.”
Several high ranking Democratic senators have reached out to media outlets to publicly announce that they are waiting for Pelosi to complete her part of the process. They have been waiting for the articles of impeachment for what they believe is an unbelievable amount of time.
The Independent senator from Maine, Angus King joined Feinstein, Doug Jones and Chris Coons have all told media outlets that they do not want Pelosi to hold up the process any longer.
“Pelosi nevertheless defended her approach in the memo Friday, stressing important new information on the Ukraine controversy at the heart of impeachment that emerged during the interim,” Fox News added.
Pelosi wrote, “I am very proud of the courage and patriotism exhibited by our House Democratic Caucus as we support and defend the Constitution.” Pelosi has been pressing the Senate for a “fair trial” with witnesses and documents.
“In an impeachment trial, every Senator takes an oath to ‘do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws.’ Every Senator now faces a choice: to be loyal to the President or to the Constitution,” Pelosi wrote.
“No one is above the law, not even the President,” Pelosi concluded.
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Pelosi’s demands in recent days included calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to reveal the resolution that would set the terms for the trial before she would transmit the articles.
Pelosi and her allies seemingly wanted a commitment to call certain Democrat-sought witnesses, and at least learn more about McConnell’s plans. But McConnell wouldn’t budge, insisting that the Senate first launch the trial, and then resolve issues surrounding witnesses later, declaring that he would not haggle with Pelosi and accusing her Thursday of playing “irresponsible games.”
While Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., had largely backed Pelosi in calling for commitments from McConnell, other Democratic senators began this week to pressure the House to get moving.
“I think it’s time to turn the articles over,” Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Wednesday on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.” “Let’s see where the Senate can take it.”