Dem Rep: There May Be More ‘Impeachment Activity’ Later This Year

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

The DemocRats will keep going with their impeachment hoax in the hope of the DemocRats retaking the Senate so they can impeach and remove President Trump from office.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) said Sunday that Democrats “will not stop” on impeachment and added that there may be more “impeachment activity” in the near future.

“The subpoenas that I have issued that have gone through the lower courts are now going to be heard at the Supreme Court in March,” Waters said during an appearance on MSNBC. “We will not stop. Whether or not that leads to another impeachment activity, I don’t know.”

Waters, who serves as chairwoman of the Financial Services Committee, has subpoenaed Deutsche Bank for President Donald Trump’s personal and professional financial records. She suspects these documents will point toward illicit behavior on the part of the president.

Waters is not the first Democrat to suggest Congress might impeach Trump again. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) left open the possibility of new articles of impeachment against Trump. Rep. Al Green (D., Texas) has pushed for Democrats to reimpeach Trump if the Senate trial does not remove him. Last month, Rep. Karen Bass (D., Calif.) said Democrats would continue to push for impeachment if Trump is reelected in 2020. House Counsel Douglas Letter said that a second impeachment of Trump could be necessary if new evidence comes to light about the president’s conduct.

Waters in October tweeted that Trump should be “imprisoned & placed in solitary confinement” because “impeachment is not good enough for Trump.” She later claimed she was not speaking literally.

The Senate’s impeachment trial of Trump is expected to get underway this week. Senate Democrats expressed concern that an acquittal of Trump could embolden the president.

The Impeachment ‘Kill Switch’: McConnell Dismissal Rule Corners Democrats, Blocks Antics as Trial Commences

H/T Breitbart.

I hope that Senator Mitch McConnell(R-KY)keeps this impeachment trial from becoming a DemocRat circus.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is as of now including in the U.S. Senate impeachment trial rules a “kill switch” that effectively allows for the president’s legal team to seek an immediate verdict or dismissal of the case should Democrats engage in any shenanigans like they did in the House process.

The revelation comes after the House finally late last week formally sent the Articles of Impeachment it adopted before Christmas—after holding them for more than a month without transmission—to the U.S. Senate, thereby triggering the start of a Senate trial. The Senate will formally commence its trial procedures in votes this coming week, and while some Republicans want to outright dismiss the charges altogether from the outset, others believe a trial should take place.

In so finally transmitting the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also named impeachment case managers—the Democrats who will present and manage the House’s case to the Senate—last week. They include House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY). Both Schiff and Nadler were widely panned for the highly unfair process they ran in the House of Representatives, and many Senate Republicans do not trust them to refrain from playing games that seek to make the Senate trial unfair to the president as the highly partisan process in the House ended up.

Republicans on the House side, who were essentially powerless to stop the Democrats’ shenanigans since they are in the minority in the lower chamber, are warning Senate Republicans to be on the lookout for Schiff’s gamesmanship and that from his ilk.

“It’s incumbent upon the Senate to preserve the right of the President’s legal team to ask for a verdict or move to dismiss this sham impeachment anytime they see fit during the Senate trial,” a source close to House GOP leadership told Breitbart News. “Otherwise, Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans risk allowing Adam Schiff and his conspiracy caucus to hijack and take control of the trial.”

Senate GOP leaders, including Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO)—the conference chair—say there are not yet enough votes to dismiss the charges altogether from the outset. But Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), a freshman senator who emerged as a top ally of the president and had previously drafted a measure dismissing the charges if the House did not formally transmit them by changing Senate rules to do so, has said that the rules package for the impeachment trial includes a measure that allows for the president’s legal team to quickly push for a summary judgment or dismissal at any time should things get wild.

Hawley’s original measure that would have dismissed the charges altogether before the House formally transmitted them to the Senate by changing Senate rules was co-sponsored by several GOP senators including McConnell—the GOP leader—and thereby forced Pelosi’s hand, making her finally transmit the Articles after holding them up for a month.

Now that the Articles of Impeachment are in the hands of the Senate, it’s up to the upper chamber of Congress to figure out what to do next. A quick and dirty dismissal of the charges might play into Democrats’ messaging that Republicans are trying to cover something up, and several vulnerable Republicans in battleground states up for re-election this year, such as Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), have made clear they want some kind of a semblance of a fair trial. There are also disagreements in some places on what to do regarding witnesses or new evidence, or whether to even consider such things—all sorts of wrinkles that will likely be ironed out this week and next

One thing is clear: Hawley’s confirmation, first reported by Axios, that McConnell’s rules package at least as of now includes that motion to dismiss or seek a verdict would allow the president’s team to block any Democrat gamesmanship in the Senate trial.

“I am familiar with the resolution as it stood a day or two ago,” Hawley told Axios’ Jonathan Swan on Saturday. ”My understanding is that the resolution will give the president’s team the option to either move to judgment or to move to dismiss at a meaningful time.”

Hawley further confirmed this on Sunday, tweeting out a link to Swan’s piece and commenting that Trump’s legal team deserves this option, otherwise the “trial will become endless circus run by Adam Schiff”:

Josh Hawley

@HawleyMO

.@realDonaldTrump deserves the right during Senate trial to ask for a verdict or move to dismiss – otherwise trial will become endless circus run by Adam Schiff https://www.axios.com/draft-mcconnell-rules-vote-dismiss-impeachment-trump-d381f127-56a8-49a5-81a5-638e52cbdf14.html 

Draft of McConnell’s rules for trial still allows motion to dismiss

Even if it’s doomed, a motion to dismiss impeachment could give Trump loyalist a vote they want.

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In other words, the big picture here is that it seems as though the Senate will move forward with an actual trial—details on a number of fronts on that as of yet to be determined—but that there will be one thing that is clear: If Schiff or the Democrats try anything untoward like they did in the House, the president and the Senate have the option to shut the whole thing down and blow it all up on them. That means Republicans hold the upper hand, and should things get crazy—while there are not currently enough votes to dismiss the trial or outright off the bat acquit Trump—after Democrat partisan gamesmanship there likely would be enough votes to dismiss the whole thing. Bad behavior, in a partisan way, from people such as Schiff and Nadler and other Democrats could drive more Republicans toward the motion to dismiss—the kill switch—if that ever becomes necessary.

McConnell, who a losing GOP primary candidate in West Virginia once derisively nicknamed “Cocaine Mitch”—a nickname he’s since embraced as indicative of his tough persona—has a history of outsmarting Democrats in the Senate. Most notably, McConnell beat them when they tried in late 2018 to tank the Supreme Court confirmation of now Justice Brett Kavanaugh. McConnell has had many other such end-run victories around the Democrats, and sources close to him expect this Senate impeachment trial will be no different

“My pal Cocaine Mitch is again proving his mettle when it comes to outmaneuvering leftist Democrats with this kill switch,” a source close to McConnell told Breitbart News. “If they even think about stepping out of line and being unfair in the slightest, it’s time to engage said kill switch and end this nonsense once and for all.”

A former White House official added that including this “kill switch” in the resolution gives Senate Republicans the tools they need to help McConnell keep the trial on the straight and narrow.

“McConnell has proven time and time again he is a more effective Leader than Pelosi is Speaker,” the former Trump White House official told Breitbart News. “This resolution ensures the President and his team has every tool at their disposal.”

The even bigger picture here is that when it comes to the Senate trial, GOP senators—in particular McConnell—are taking an active role in ensuring it will be fair. They are leading the way in framing this.

Vice President Mike Pence, in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News late last week, made it clear that “when it comes to the Senate trial, it’ll be for the senators to decide [on witnesses and process], but I think the fact that you hear people talking about witnesses in the Senate just proves how weak the case underpinning the Articles of Impeachment really is.”

“The fact that we’ve heard they had an open-and-shut case, that despite the fact the American people can read the transcript, see the fact the president did nothing wrong, no quid pro quo, the military aid was released,” Pence added. “The American people have the facts. We heard that Congress did what the facts demanded, and now suddenly we hear Democrats saying they need more facts and they need more witnesses. My view on this is the American people see through all of this—the sham investigation followed by a partisan impeachment. They’re saying ‘enough is enough.’”

Adam Schiff Passes Along New Piece of Trump Impeachment Evidence and It Looks Like a Nothingburger

H/T Town Hall.

This whole impeachment charade is a giant nothing burger.

As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the Democratic impeachment managers this morning, new “explosive” evidence dropped last night in yet another attempt by Democrats to convince the public that their impeachment push isn’t a partisan circus. It’s also meant to add pressure on Senate Republicans to allow witnesses. Everyone has heard enough about Trump, Russia, and collusion. It’s over. Done. The only areas still believing this myth are portions of the country where the most deranged anti-Trump voters reside. No one cares, especially in the swing states. But let’s give this new evidence a look. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), chair of the House Intelligence Committee and part of the impeachment team passed on some note from an associate of Rudy Giuliani dealing with the Trump-Ukraine allegation that started the Democrats’ impeachment push. To recap, in July, Trump supposedly threatened to withhold aid from Ukraine unless they investigated Hunter Biden’s board position at Burisma, an energy company (via Axios):

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) sent a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday notifying him of two flash drives containing additional evidence related to the impeachment inquiry, which was obtained from indicted Giuliani associate Lev Parnas.

Why it matters: As Axios’ Alayna Treene reported earlier today, a public release of some or all of these materials could give Democrats new ammunition to argue that the White House must turn over more information and allow new testimony from witnesses.

The big picture: The Soviet-born Parnas helped connect Rudy Giuliani to Ukrainian officials while the pair were engaged in a campaign to pressure Ukraine to investigate President Trump’s political opponents.

Tom Winter

@Tom_Winter

NEW: Today’s documents make clear that Lev Parnas’ work for Dmytro Firtash went beyond translation services.

Here’s a copy of his notes about a legal plan for the indicted Ukrainian oligarch (with ties to Russian Organized Crime) to get a deal while under indictment:

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Tom Winter

@Tom_Winter

NEW: Congress has released a letter they say came from Lev Parnas’ seized documents.

The letter, signed by Giuliani and on his letterhead, requests a meeting with Ukraine’s Zelensky in May 2019. The request is made with President Trump’s “knowledge and consent,” Giuliani says.

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Josh Lederman

@JoshNBCNews

“It’s explosive,” @RepSpeier tells @HardballChris https://twitter.com/JoshNBCNews/status/1217229713049104385 

Josh Lederman

@JoshNBCNews

NEWS tonight: Records turned over by Lev Parnas to House Intel show Parnas communicated with a GOP congressional candidate who said he had former Ambassador Yovanovitch under physical and possibly electronic surveillance in Kyiv

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Yeah, Lev Parnas is the associate who is forking over new stuff, and as Axios noted, he’s facing criminal charges. The Federalist’s Sean Davis aptly noted that this dude is angling to avoid prison, pointing to some undated note where it says to get the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce an anti-corruption probe against Biden.

“An undated note from a guy indicted on multiple federal charges of fraud and conspiracy who’s already fabricated evidence in a desperate attempt to get an immunity deal from Schiff and Pelosi so he can avoid prison? That’s the new smoking gun?,” tweeted Davis.

Sean Davis

@seanmdav

An undated note from a guy indicted on multiple federal charges of fraud and conspiracy who’s already fabricated evidence in a desperate attempt to get an immunity deal from Schiff and Pelosi so he can avoid prison? That’s the new smoking gun? LOL. https://twitter.com/nicholaswu12/status/1217211610114285574 

Nicholas Wu

@nicholaswu12

Among the evidence just produced by the House Intelligence Committee – a note from Parnas saying “get Zalensky to Annonce that the Biden case will be investigated”

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Sean Davis

@seanmdav

Lev Parnas’ attorney tried and failed to get an immunity-for-testimony deal from the House during its laughable impeachment “investigation,” so he’s trying the same stunt with the Senate now that its trial is set to begin. https://twitter.com/seanmdav/status/1217230229149749250 

Sean Davis

@seanmdav

An undated note from a guy indicted on multiple federal charges of fraud and conspiracy who’s already fabricated evidence in a desperate attempt to get an immunity deal from Schiff and Pelosi so he can avoid prison? That’s the new smoking gun? LOL. https://twitter.com/nicholaswu12/status/1217211610114285574 

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Yeah, we’ve all seen enough here, folks. Bombshell after bombshell turned out to be nothing and this situation is no different. Trump will remain president and this impeachment push will die in the Republican Senate. Deal with it.

Here’s a recap of Parans’ legal issues (via NBC News):

Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani facing charges of violating campaign finance laws, will be allowed to remain free on bail despite arguments from prosecutors on Tuesday that he concealed assets, including $1 million from a Russian oligarch with ties to President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan said Parnas was untruthful when he told Justice Department officials that he and his wife had about $450,000 in total assets and income. Instead, they said, Parnas had more than three times that amount — including a $1 million payment from a Russian bank account this past September — a month before his arrest.

U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken said Parnas can remain out on bail and did not believe he was being intentionally untruthful.

GOP Senator to Trump: There’s a Problem With Your Outright Dismissal Approach on Impeachment

H/T Town Hall.

If there were enough Republicans with a backbone these impeachment charges would be dismissed outright.

I want this impeachment theater to end. I want to shove it down the Democrats’ throats. I want to win. I want the Republican Senate to gut this whole charade. That will happen. There is no way the GOP Senate removes Trump from office. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that he has the votes to block anything Democrats propose for the trial when it begins. Yet, the president wants an outright dismissal. On that, there may be a problem in our backyard (via The Hill):

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) told reporters on Monday that the Senate Republican caucus doesn’t have the votes to dismiss the articles of impeachment against President Trump, who endorsed an “outright dismissal” over the weekend.

“I think our members generally are not interested in a motion to dismiss. … Certainly there aren’t 51 votes for a motion to dismiss,” Blunt, the No. 4 Senate Republican, told reporters after a closed-door leadership meeting.

Republicans have warned for months that they will not dismiss the two articles of impeachment against Trump, predicting a trial will end with votes on either acquitting or convicting him.

But Trump revived talk of trying to dismiss the articles over the weekend, saying the Senate was “giving credence” to the allegations against him by having a trial.

It’s frustrating. This should be over and done with quickly. There is no evidence for these impeachment charges. It’s a partisan nightmare. First, some alleged CIA whistleblower who is a registered Democrat and has worked with a 2020 candidate filed this complaint that President Trump threatened to withhold aid to Ukraine unless they opened a corruption probe into Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President Joe Biden. Daddy Biden was leading anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine when his son got that nice board position on energy company Burisma, without any prior experience in this field. Hunter was reportedly there to sell access to top Obama officials.

This so-called whistleblower contacted Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-CA) staff prior to filing the report; Schiff is the starting QB on Trump’s impeachment and chair of the House Intelligence Committee. And he knew about this report’s contents and prepared to weaponize it. His hearings, as you remember, brought forward nothing damning. The same went for the House Judiciary Committee’s hearings. It was transparent. Well, all knew what was going on, but Democrats promised their base impeachment—and now they’ve done that in the House at the cost of Trump’s approval ratings going up, swing-state voters souring on this whole clown act, and pushing these key battleground states possibly further out of reach for Democrats come Election Day.

Trump won this fight. McConnell should take the knee and let the clock run out, but we have a vote tally problem. We’ll keep you updated.

McConnell Moves To End Impeachment Early, Backs Key Senate Rules Change

H/T Western Journal.

It is about time someone called the DemocRats bluff on this impeachment crap.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is supporting a resolution that would allow the Senate to reject the House-passed articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump without holding a trial.

The resolution to change the Senate’s rules was introduced by Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, who announced Thursday that McConnell had signed on as a co-sponsor.

Speaker Pelosi started this bogus impeachment by claiming President Trump was an urgent ‘threat to democracy’ who had to be removed now,” Hawley said in a statement Monday, when he introduced the resolution. “But after a bipartisan vote against the articles in the House, and with the public opposed to the Democrats’ partisan games, Pelosi has changed her tune.”

The resolution would give the House 25 days to send its articles of impeachment over to the Senate. Once that time has elapsed, a senator could offer a motion to dismiss “with prejudice for failure by the House of Representatives to prosecute such articles.”

The motion could then pass with a simple majority vote, according to The Hill.

The resolution introduced by Hawley could be passed using what is called the “nuclear” option, which would allow a simple majority of 51 votes to decide on the rules change needed to let it proceed.

Otherwise, the resolution would require two-thirds support to pass the Senate.

The House rushed to pass the articles before its Christmas recess, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has refused to formally transmit them to the Senate until she approves of how the Senate will conduct its required trial on the articles.

The delay has irked McConnell, who has criticized Pelosi for the tactic.

“This is what they have done: They have initiated one of the most grave and most unsettling processes in our Constitution and then refused to allow a resolution,” he said Thursday.

‘The speaker began something that she herself predicted would be ‘so divisive to the country’ … and now she is unilaterally saying it cannot move forward towards a resolution,” he added.

Pelosi, for her part, now says she might send the articles over “soon.”

“I’m not holding them indefinitely,” she told reporters Thursday, according to The Hill. “I’ll send them over when I’m ready, and that will probably be soon.”

In the aftermath of those words, McConnell told senators that the trial could start next week.

“We thought, we as the body, that the speaker will … shortly send that over, so [McConnell] said next weekend don’t go anywhere,” Republican Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama said.

GOP Sen. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota said McConnell told other Republicans he expected the articles in the “next day or two.”

Senate plans call for the trial to start at 1 p.m. on the day after the articles arrives at the upper chamber of Congress, with the Senate scheduled to meet six days a week until the trial ends.

McConnell said he was anxious to get the trial started.

“I have no idea when they’re gonna come over,” he told reporters Thursday, as Fox News reported. “Let me just say that I sure hope so. We’ve been waiting three weeks and would love to have the opportunity to get started.”

On Thursday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina introduced a resolution demanding immediate transmittal of the articles.

“This resolution is a simple statement by the Senate. It is our job as senators to dispose of the articles that were lawfully passed,” Graham said. “The speaker’s attempt to shape or delay the trial is unprecedented. It cannot stand.”

Pelosi to Send Impeachment Articles to Senate Next Week

H/T Town Hall.

I will be surprised if San Fran Nan sends the articles of impeachment to the Senate.

The last thing Pelosi wants to happen is President Trump being acquitted just before the election.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday she will send the articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate next week so the upper chamber can begin its trial.

“I have asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to be prepared to bring to the Floor next week a resolution to appoint managers and transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to her caucus.

Jennifer Franco

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: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asks House Judiciary CMTE chairman Jerry Nadler to be ready to have impeachment managers named next week and send two articles of impeachment to the Senate.

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“I will be consulting with you at our Tuesday House Democratic Caucus meeting on how we proceed further,” Pelosi added.

“I am very proud of the courage and patriotism exhibited by our House Democratic Caucus as we support and defend the Constitution,” she wrote.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn

@MarshaBlackburn

Nancy Pelosi just announced that after weeks of delay & obstructing Congress, she’ll send the articles of impeachment to the Senate. We will follow the same rules unanimously approved during the Clinton impeachment. If Schumer supported the rules then, he should support them now.

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Rep. Michael Waltz

@RepMichaelWaltz

About time. @SpeakerPelosi has been holding these articles for almost a month.

So much for @realDonaldTrump‘s impeachment being “urgent.” https://twitter.com/JakeSherman/status/1215676133938737153 

Jake Sherman

@JakeSherman

BREAKING … PELOSI in DEAR COLLEAGUE: “I have asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to be prepared to bring to the Floor next week a resolution to appoint managers and transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate.”

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Patience among Senate Democrats was running thin over Pelosi’s approach of withholding the impeachment articles from the upper chamber, with Sen. Richard Blumenthal saying Wednesday that the articles should be sent and Sen. Dianne Feinstein questioning “what good delay does.”

According to one report, Pelosi’s strategy was inspired by former Nixon White House counsel John Dean.

Dean suggested the unorthodox plan during a December 5 appearance on [CNN], leading Pelosi to propose it to leading members of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee during a private brainstorming session on December 17 — one night before the House’s vote to impeach the president. A Democratic aide who was present in the room told Time that Pelosi brought up the withholding strategy by saying, “Somebody said to me today that he may not even take up what we send. [But] then [Trump] will never be vindicated.”

“He will be impeached forever. Forever,” she added, per the aide. “No matter what the Senate does.”

On Tuesday, she urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to disclose the resolution that will show the “arena in which we will be participating, appoint managers and transmit the articles to the Senate.”

Read the full letter below:

Dear Democratic Colleague,

For weeks now, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has been engaged in tactics of delay in presenting transparency, disregard for the American people’s interest for a fair trial and dismissal of the facts.

Yesterday, he showed his true colors and made his intentions to stonewall a fair trial even clearer by signing on to a resolution that would dismiss the charges. A dismissal is a cover-up and deprives the American people of the truth. Leader McConnell’s tactics are a clear indication of the fear that he and President Trump have regarding the facts of the President’s violations for which he was impeached.

The American people have clearly expressed their view that we should have a fair trial with witnesses and documents, with more than 70 percent of the public stating that the President should allow his top aides to testify. Clearly, Leader McConnell does not want to present witnesses and documents to Senators and the American people so they can make an independent judgment about the President’s actions.

Honoring our Constitution, the House passed two articles of impeachment against the President — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — to hold the President accountable for asking a foreign government to interfere in the 2020 elections for his own political and personal gain.

While the House was able to obtain compelling evidence of impeachable conduct, which is enough for removal, new information has emerged, which includes:

-On December 20, new emails showed that 91 minutes after Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky, a top Office of Management and Budget (OMB) aide asked the Department of Defense to “hold off” on sending military aid to Ukraine.

-On December 29, revelations emerged about OMB Director and Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney’s role in the delay of aid, the effort by lawyers at the OMB, the Department of Justice and the White House to justify the delay, and the alarm that the delay caused within the Administration.

-On January 2, newly-unredacted Pentagon emails, which we had subpoenaed and the President had blocked, raised serious concerns by Trump Administration officials about the legality of the President’s hold on aid to Ukraine.

And on January 6, just this week, former Trump National Security Advisor John Bolton announced he would comply with a subpoena compelling his testimony. His lawyers have stated he has new relevant information.

I am very proud of the courage and patriotism exhibited by our House Democratic Caucus as we support and defend the Constitution. I have asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to be prepared to bring to the Floor next week a resolution to appoint managers and transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate. I will be consulting with you at our Tuesday House Democratic Caucus meeting on how we proceed further.

In an impeachment trial, every Senator takes an oath to “do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws.” Every Senator now faces a choice: to be loyal to the President or the Constitution.

No one is above the law, not even the President.

Thank you for your leadership For The People.

Sincerely,
Nancy

This is a breaking news post and will be updated with additional information. 

McConnell Gives an Update: Does Pelosi Have the Courage to Hand Over Articles of Impeachment For a Trial?

H/T Town Hall.

San Fran Nan was to hold the articles of impeachment to hold them over President Trump’s head like the sword of Damocles.

The last thing Pelosi wants is for President Trump to be acquitted before the election.

 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is back in Washington D.C. today and gave an update from the floor on impeachment.

“The Senate will soon have to address some of the deepest institutional questions contemplated by our Constitution. We’ll have to decide whether we are going to safeguard core governing traditions or let short-term partisan rage overcome them,” McConnell said.

Before members of Congress went home for the Christmas and New Year recess, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she would not be sending the articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate until she believed McConnell would conduct a “fair trial.” During his remarks, McConnell stressed the Senate cannot move forward without the articles.

“Ultimately House Democrats cared more about attacking President Trump than keeping their promises. So they rushed through a slapdash investigation. They decided not to bother with the standard legal processes for pursuing witnesses and evidence,” he said. “Democrats have let ‘Trump derangement syndrome’ develop into the kind of dangerous partisan fever that our founding fathers were afraid of.”

He also pointed out they did a sloppy job and want a do-over in the Senate, which isn’t happening.

“We’ve heard it claimed that the same House Democrats who botched their own process should get to reach into the Senate and dictate our process. We’ve heard claims that it’s a problem that I have discussed trial mechanics with the White House, even as my counterpart the Democratic Leader is openly coordinating political strategy with Speaker Pelosi, who some might call the ‘prosecution.’ And we’ve heard claims that any senators who have formed opinions about House Democrats’ irresponsible and unprecedented actions as they played out in view of the entire nation should be disqualified from the next phase. Obviously this is all nonsense,” he continued, calling Pelosi’s demands to mold the Senate trial a non-starter. “Their turn is over. They have done enough damage. It’s the Senate’s turn now — to render sober judgment as the framers envisioned. But we can’t hold a trial without the articles. The Senate’s own rules don’t provide for that. So, for now, we are content to continue the ordinary business of the Senate while House Democrats continue to flounder. For now.”

“But if they ever muster the courage to stand behind their slapdash work product and transmit their articles to the Senate, it will be time for the United States Senate to fulfill our founding purpose,” he concluded.

As for a timeline, the House won’t continue with any voting until Tuesday, January 7. Pelosi’s office has given no indication about when or if she will be transmitting the articles of impeachment to Senate.