Sunday, November 27, 2022

Impeachment: Has Pelosi just bluffed?


Hailey Warner
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Nancy Pelosi generally has a good grip on her parliamentary group. When the senior Democrat in Congress last week was asked openly by parliamentary group colleagues to  forward the indictment against Donald Trump to the Senate in the impeachment proceedings, she must have realized that the mood in her own ranks was about to change. Shortly afterwards she gave in!

At the weekend, the “spokeswoman” for the House of Representatives tried to justify what it had now achieved not to present the two charges, which the first chamber had passed before the Christmas break, to the Senate. She wanted the public to see how necessary it was to summon witnesses and access to files in the Ukraine affair against Trump for abuse of office and congressional obstruction.

She would advise her colleagues at the group meeting on Tuesday. Then there would be a vote and the “Articles of Impeachment” would be sent to the Senate. She always said that she would end up doing this. It is about a fair trial. Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell was also sworn in on the constitution.

Pelosi did not want to let Trump off the hook so easily and believed he could make McConnell concessions

Pelosi strives to save the face, it is said that she let herself be tempted to play tactical games and drew the losers. On the day of the impeachment vote in December, mind games became known that Pelosi intended to thwart McConnell’s plans. The Kentucky senator had stated that he did not consider himself an independent jury and would also coordinate his actions with the White House legal department. He indicated that, after the formalities, he would quickly put a motion for an order of procedure to vote to acquit the president.

In doing so to undermine the plan of the Democrats, who wanted to invite John Bolton, the former security advisor, and Mick Mulvaney, the current chief of staff in the White House. Trump also pleaded to invite witnesses. However, he thought more of people like Hunter Biden, the son of the Democratic presidential candidate, and Adam Schiff, the Democratic chairman of the first chamber’s intelligence committee. McConnell wanted to avoid a circus in the Senate.

Pelosi did not want to let Trump off the hook so easily and believed he could make McConnell concessions. Trump, it was speculated, would surely be terribly annoyed, considering the charges as a flaw in his presidency. The constitution cannot be said about what will happen if the House of Representatives does not pass on the Articles of Impeachment.

In the end, Pelosi would have achieved the opposite of what she originally wanted. She accused the majority leader of wanting to cover up Trump’s breach of the constitution by rejecting the charges. McConnell didn’t contest that. When he heard that the “spokeswoman” was giving in, he said dryly: “It’s about time”.

Read also: Pelosi reminds the MPs of oath of the office

Now it is expected that the House of Representatives will appoint the “House Managers” this week. These are virtually present in the Senate as prosecutors when the Chamber meets under the chairmanship of Chief Justice John Roberts, President of the Supreme Court.

McConnell has already announced that he has enough votes in his 53-member parliamentary group to vote the rules of procedure for the procedure in his favor by majority vote: Accordingly, the question of the questioning of witnesses should only be voted on after the trial has started. He told his Republican faction mates that they should expect the process to start later this week.

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