Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) appears to be “scared” by the impeachment process that members of her party initiated against President Donald Trump.
The House voted Wednesday to remove President Trump from office, but although the House adopted two articles of impeachment, it must pass a second resolution formally naming impeachment managers to present the case in the Senate. That second vehicle triggers the official transmission of the articles to the Senate.
After the vote, top Democratic advisers said it was “unlikely” the House would take the steps necessary to send the articles to the Senate until at least early January, a delay of at least two weeks and perhaps longer, according to Politico.
In fact, the Democrats rushed to vote on impeachment before Christmas and now apparently want the process to be delayed in the Senate, as it has a Republican majority and is likely to acquit the president.
Lee said on Thursday that Pelosi’s reluctance to send the adopted articles of impeachment to the Senate shows that she has no confidence in her own case.
“They realize that they screwed this up,” Lee said on Fox News’s “Hannity” program.
“They realize, in an effort to ram this thing through, they did a shoddy job of putting it together,” he added.
Pelosi would not only be intentionally delaying the next steps because President Trump will most likely be acquitted in the Senate, but because the process could also expose many lies and flaws in the procedure initiated by the Democrats.
Moreover, one of the scholars convened in the House of Representatives, Jonathan Turley, who has ties to the Democratic Party, acknowledged that “if the House proceeds solely on the Ukrainian allegations, this impeachment would stand out among modern impeachments as the shortest proceeding, with the thinnest evidentiary record, and the narrowest grounds ever used to impeach a president.”
“Nancy Pelosi is doing this [withholding articles from the Senate] because she’s scared to death,” Lee said. “This thing is a gigantic hobgoblin for her. She’s freaked out by it and she does not want to entrust us with conducting a trial,” he added.
He said Pelosi knows that the process will not end well for the Democratic Party once it is dealt with by the Senate.
In addition, Lee told guest host Jason Chaffetz that if the speaker of the House does not send the articles to the Senate for trial, then the president may not have a trial and it is possible that the president may not actually be impeached.
Although the impeachment process began in August, Democrats have been unable to present evidence or witnesses to prove that President Trump threatened or pressured Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, to investigate the son of his potential rival in the 2020 election, Joe Biden.
That is why both President Trump and Republican congressmen have denounced that this is actually a political maneuver to remove the president, who has a high chance of being reelected in next year’s elections.
“Look, there is a land called Passivaggressivia, and Nancy Pelosi is their queen. I do not understand why she did what she did, but it makes no sense,” Lee added.
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), has already indicated he will handle the impeachment articles responsibly.
McConnell, speaking after a meeting Thursday with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), said the Democratic leader had insisted on “departing from the unanimous bipartisan precedent that 100 senators approved before the beginning of President [Bill] Clinton’s trial” concerning logistics.
Schumer had requested a “special pretrial guarantee of certain witnesses whom the House Democrats, themselves, did not bother to pursue as they assemble their case,” said McConnell, quoted by Fox News.
McConnell explained that in 1999 “all 100 senators endorsed a common-sense solution” to divide the process into two stages: one laying the groundwork for rules on matters such as opening statements, with another handling “mid-trial questions such as witnesses.”
“Some House Democrats imply they are withholding the [impeachment] articles for some kind of leverage,” McConnell said. “I admit, I’m not sure what leverage there is in refraining from sending us something we do not want. Alas, if they can figure that out, they can explain,” he added.