President Donald Trump’s lawyers are reportedly exploring the legality of the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to withhold the articles of impeachment from the Senate.
“The White House legal theory, according to a person familiar with the legal review, is that if Trump has been officially impeached, the Senate should already have jurisdiction. Backers of the theory would argue that the clause of the U.S. Constitution that gives the Senate “the sole Power to try all Impeachments” indicates that the impeachment isn’t formalized until the House reported the charges to the upper chamber,” reported Bloomberg.
The House voted to impeach President Trump for “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress” related to his dealings with Ukraine on a purely partisan basis. Not one Republican voted in favor of impeachment and multiple Democrats voted against it.
Shortly after the House vote, Pelosi threatened to withhold the articles of impeachment from the Senate, demanding a “fair” trial. The move appeared to be an attempt to pressure Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to call current and former White House officials who declined to testify during the House investigation. Senate Republicans have reportedly planned for a quick trial without witnesses.
McConnell slammed the Democrats impeachment as “thinnest, weakest” process in American history, adding, “The prosecutors are getting cold feet in front of the entire country.”
These articles of impeachment are so weak that before they even passed, the Senate Democratic Leader began demanding that the Senate re-do the House’s homework. Now the Speaker is hemming and hawing about whether they’ll even proceed to trial.
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) December 19, 2019
President Trump on Thursday, Dec. 19 said it was “unconstitutional” for Pelosi not to submit the articles of impeachment to the upper chamber.
“To me, it doesn’t feel like impeachment,” the president added.
“The House Democrats were unable to get even a single vote from the Republicans on their Impeachment Hoax. The Republicans have never been so united! The Dem’s case is so bad that they don’t even want to go to trial!” he wrote in a tweet.
The House Democrats were unable to get even a single vote from the Republicans on their Impeachment Hoax. The Republicans have never been so united! The Dem’s case is so bad that they don’t even want to go to trial!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2019