Presidential hopeful Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), for suggesting that the House could postpone the transmission of the impeachment articles until the Senate—which has a Republican majority—sets the parameters for a trial.
During an interview Friday with Hill.TV, Gabbard, who has been attacked by the left for not voting to impeach President Trump on Wednesday, Dec. 18, said Pelosi “can’t just make up the rules as she goes along …. If you’re going to pursue this process, you’ve got to let it play out the whole way through.”
The comment comes in reference to Pelosi’s statement to the press that the impeachment articles could be withheld to ensure that Senate Majority Leader Republican Mitch McConnell establishes “fair” procedures for a trial.
Faced with this, Gabbard said she was “surprised.”
During the interview she also condemned “the hyperpartisan nature that we have seen throughout this whole affair” and added that Alexander Hamilton—one of the nation’s fathers—wrote very clearly about his concern that the outcome of an impeachment would be determined by the force of one party or another rather than by an examination of innocence or guilt.
On Thursday, she reiterated her concern about the partisan nature of the articles, clarifying that her vote on the articles was not a “passive” stance, as some Democrats have suggested, but rather an “active protest against the zero-sum game the two opposing political sides have trapped America in.”
“We are stuck right now in this terrible scenario where everyone is trying to exact maximum hurt from their opponent for a ‘win,'” she said in a video posted on Twitter.
President Trump said Pelosi was “afraid” to pass the articles on to the Senate.
“Pelosi feels her phony impeachment HOAX is so pathetic she is afraid to present it to the Senate, which can set a date and put this whole SCAM into default if they refuse to show up! The Do Nothings are so bad for our Country!” he wrote on Thursday on Twitter.
The controversial impeachment process driven by the Democrats seems to be at an impasse and far from yielding the intended results.
So far, President Trump cannot be said to be impeached, and when the articles reach the Senate, the chances of the Democrats’ claim being approved seem remote, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
McConnell said he intends to stop the trial in the Senate because Democrats have not provided the evidence necessary to convict President Trump of either of the two alleged crimes for which he is charged: abuse of power and obstruction of justice.