The delay in submitting the impeachment articles against President Donald Trump “achieved absolutely nothing,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Monday.
The House impeached Trump on Dec. 18, 2019, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has held the articles without transmitting them to the Senate, preventing an impeachment trial from starting.
“Im glad the speaker finally realized she never had any leverage in the first place to dictate Senate procedure to senators and is giving in to bipartisan pressure to move forward. In terms of influencing senate proceedings, this strange gambit has achieved absolutely nothing,” McConnell said from the Senate floor in Washington on Monday.
“But it has produced one unintended side effect. The speakers efforts to precommit the Senate to carry on an investigation with which her own House lost patience concedes that the House case is rushed, weak, and incomplete.”
A number of Democratic lawmakers said last week that Pelosi should send the articles to the Senate, and Pelosi said on Friday that she instructed House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) to prepare a resolution for the submission of the articles.
Pelosi said on Sunday that she thought the delay in submitting the articles did accomplish multiple things.
Asked about the delay, she said on ABCs “This Week” that House Democrats “wanted the public to see the need for witnesses, witnesses with firsthand knowledge of what happened, documentation which the president has prevented from coming to the Congress as we review this.”
“Its a positive result in terms of additional emails and unredacted information that has come forward, that Bolton has said that he would testify if subpoenaed by the Senate, other information that has come forward. And more importantly, raising the profile of the fact that we need to have witnesses and documentation, and if we dont that is a cover-up,” she added.
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