How many times are Democrats in the House of Representatives going to reheat their cooked impeachment goose?
California Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally let go of her two mangy articles of impeachment that passed on December 19 after a totally unnecessary ceremonial vote in the House on Wednesday.
She refused to do what every other House Speaker has done: transmit them immediately to the Senate. After more than three weeks had passed the Speaker decided over the weekend she had to meet with her caucus on Tuesday to ‘make a decision’ as to when they would be sent over.
After the meeting Democrats scheduled a totally and completely unnecessary Wednesday vote, in an effort to draw attention away from President Donald Trump’s signing of a historic phase one trade deal with China.
House Democrats are expected to walk the two articles of impeachment across the Capitol in the evening. Will they lead a procession with the articles laid on a satin pillow over to the Senate chamber and deliver them into the waiting arms of Kentucky Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell?
Is Pelosi looking for brownie points or likes for something she should have done without fanfare weeks ago? Please. All their pomp and ceremony won’t bolster their non-existent case for impeachment. That ought to be the end of Pelosi’s reign of terror but if history is any guide, the Democrats’ plot is just getting ready to thicken.
Pelosi finally named the impeachment managers on Wednesday which include House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) who will be lead manager; House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY); Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY); Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO); Val Demings (D-FL); Sylvia Garcia (D-TX); and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA).
At approximately 5:00 p.m. EST a message will be brought to the Senate from the House Reading Clerk notifying senators that the House has appointed managers to exhibit the articles of impeachment.
Once the Senate notifies the House that the Senate is prepared to receive the managers, they will decide on a specific time for them to appear and introduce their case. They will read the official resolution, which the House passed on Wednesday, and the articles of impeachment in full.
The impeachment managers play the roles of prosecutors, making their case that Trump should be removed from office for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress based on accusations that he pressured Ukrainian leaders to find dirt on his political rival former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
House Democrats are now touting ‘new evidence’ as their monumental handover takes place. On Tuesday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff submitted new impeachment evidence to Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler which will be included in the file they turn over to the Senate today.
They are introducing documents, including text messages, notes and other communications from Lev Parnas, a close associate of Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. They purportedly document conversations Parnas had with Giuliani and other Trump officials about efforts to push out former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and dig up dirt on the Bidens, but Parnas has a dubious reputation.
In any event, Democrats can keep droning on and on about Ukraine while the rest of us get on with the business of supporting Trump as he bolsters a great economy with new trade opportunities with China.