Déjà vu all over again: For the second time in just over two years, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has led the House to rush through impeaching President Trump, citing an urgent need to rid America of a dangerous threat in the White House — and then turned around and dawdled in delivering the charges to the Senate for trial.
The House on Wednesday passed an article of impeachment charging Trump with “incitement of insurrection” for his role in his supporters’ Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol. But on Friday, Pelosi refused to say when she would send it to the Senate, forcing it to drop all other business until the trial is done. “You’ll be the first to know when we announce that we’re going over there,” she haughtily told reporters.
Pelosi played the same games with Trump’s first impeachment, which passed the House on Dec. 18, 2019, but wasn’t submitted to the Senate until Jan. 16, 2020.
“I’ll send them over when I’m ready,” she huffed then, when even allies such as Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) were saying, “I do think it is time to get on with it.”
She was holding out to pressure Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to make the trial rules more favorable to the Democrats. It didn’t work — and only made her posturing look more pathetic. Now she’s delaying to help the incoming President Biden.
Clearly, Pelosi doesn’t see impeachment as a constitutional remedy to right serious wrongs but as a way to play political games.
*story by The New York Post