As Democrats rally behind Pelosi’s tactic of holding back the articles of impeachment, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler is arguing Mitch McConnell should not be able to oversee the impeachment trial.
“Mitch McConnell has a problem. Mitch McConnell has said that he’s going to work hand-and-glove with the White House.” said Nadler “He has said that he’s not a fair juror. I don’t understand how he can possibly take the oath that he’s required to take. Mitch McConnell, I think, has disqualified himself from taking the oath of participating.”
Per TheHill, The debate arrives the morning after House Democrats passed two impeachment articles through the lower chamber: one accusing the president of abusing his power in his dealings with Ukraine, the other alleging that he obstructed Congress as Democrats sought to investigate the affair.
Shortly afterward, Pelosi said Democrats would not send those articles to the Senate immediately, citing an “unfair” process being prepared by GOP leaders in the upper chamber.
“So far we haven’t seen anything that looks fair to us,” she added.
That strategy was not new: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) had said as much on Tuesday. But Pelosi also left open the possibility that the delay could be extensive, even permanent, as some liberals in her caucus are promoting the idea of preventing the Senate trial from ever happening at all.
Yet most Democrats on Thursday dismissed the idea that the House would delay the deliver forever.
“I would doubt that,” said Nadler, quickly deferring the decision to Pelosi.