Nancy Pelosi Signals She May Freeze Impeachment After Vote So Trump Can’t Claim Senate Vindication

Nancy Pelosi Signals She May Freeze Impeachment After Vote So Trump Can’t Claim Senate Vindication, by Victoria Taft.

After ramrodding through the tissue-thin impeachment articles in the House of Representatives, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is now threatening to withhold the Democrats’ case unless she can dictate the terms of the Senate trial. …

Pelosi, Congressman Adam Schiff, and Senator Chris Van Hollen have now all floated the idea of freezing the House vote where it is and not sending the impeachment articles to the U.S. Senate, where President Trump would undoubtedly go down in history as being vindicated. …

The prevent-defense by the Democrats would, in the words of Fox News host Laura Ingraham, allow Pelosi to “say ‘we’ve impeached the president’ [but not] let him say he was acquitted.”

Most importantly, it avoids a Republican-run trial in the Senate. The Democrats managed the show trial in the House — there were no rules, it was just whatever the Democrats felt like. But in the Senate, the boot is on the other foot. The Republicans will run the Senate show, because they are the majority there. Of course, the media will mostly ignore the Senate trial because it won’t suit their campaign.

I’ll bet the Democrats don’t submit the impeachment to the Senate. They are going to lose the vote anyway, and they maximize their propaganda gains by denying the Republicans their turn. Cynical, unfair, and against the spirit of the US Constitution — they’ll do it!