President Donald Trump on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, censured House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for refusing to transmit the two House-passed articles of impeachment to the Senate.
President Trump indicated that Pelosi is holding onto the articles because the documents contain no crimes and are a “joke.”
Early on Thursday morning, President Trump tweeted that the articles were “fraudulently produced” by “corrupt politicians.”
“Pelosi doesn’t want to hand over The Articles of Impeachment, which were fraudulently produced by corrupt politicians like Shifty Schiff in the first place, because after all of these years of investigations and persecution, they show no crimes and are a joke and a scam!” President Trump tweeted.
Pelosi doesn’t want to hand over The Articles of Impeachment, which were fraudulently produced by corrupt politicians like Shifty Schiff in the first place, because after all of these years of investigations and persecution, they show no crimes and are a joke and a scam!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2020
President Trump’s tweet came as an increasing number of Democratic senators are calling for Pelosi to send the two articles of impeachment to the Senate so the chamber can start its trial.
Pelosi stated that she would not release the impeachment articles until Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) informed her of the procedure of the trial, voicing her concerns that McConnell would conduct a trial in Trump’s favor.
President Trump followed up with second tweet, blasting Pelosi for refusing to release the articles and calling it “Presidential Harassment.”
Hope that all House Republicans will vote against Crazy Nancy Pelosi’s War Powers Resolution. Also, remember her “speed & rush” in getting the Impeachment Hoax voted on & done. Well, she never sent the Articles to the Senate. Just another Democrat fraud. Presidential Harassment!, tweeted President Trump, shortly after the first tweet.
The president’s comments followed a series of retweets from McConnell and Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.).
Stefanik was one of President Trump’s staunch defenders during the House impeachment hearings. On Wednesday, Jan. 8, she tweeted, “Dems obsessed w/ impeachment but won’t send articles to the Senate.”
“Why?” her tweet continued, “It’s bc they don’t want a trial that will EXPOSE Schiff’s illegal COORDINATION with the Whistleblower.”
Dems obsessed w/ impeachment but won’t send articles to the Senate. Why? It’s bc they don’t want a trial that will EXPOSE Schiff’s illegal COORDINATION with the Whistleblower. SIGN & DONATE to #PressurePelosi to send the articles! https://t.co/g0D2tl9Px3 🚨https://t.co/w13xEv1sC9
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) January 8, 2020
House Democrats contended that refusal to hand over the impeachment articles is a leverage and attempt to force McConnell to include four Trump administration witnesses and three sets of documents in the trial.
McConnell refused to cave in to House Democrats’ demands. He had persuaded the entire Senate Republican Conference to support a resolution requiring no witnesses or documents.
”I’m not holding them indefinitely,” said Pelosi during a press conference on Thursday. She told reporters at the Capitol that she would “send them over when I’m ready. That will probably be soon.” But she did not specify when exactly.
Neither did Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) give any suggestion about Pelosi’s next move.
Instead, the Schumer reportedly was urging his Democrats colleagues to support Pelosi as a growing number of Democratic senators are questioning what withholding the articles would serve to achieve.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Wednesday, Jan. 8, joined the faction to question the validity of holding back the articles of impeachment.
“If we’re going to do it, she should send them over,” said Feinstein. “I don’t see what good delay does,” she continued.
Dianne Feinstein says it’s time for Speaker Nancy Pelosi to send the impeachment articles to the Senate.
“If we’re going to do it, she should send them over,” the California Democrat said. “I don’t see what good delay does.”
— Laura Litvan (@LauraLitvan) January 8, 2020