It looks like Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi gave a little ground at the end of last week when she told her group to prepare to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate next week. But that doesn’t mean she’s happy about it.
Pelosi said she would decide on Tuesday when to send the articles over, and then took a shot at Senate Republicans, warning they would suffer consequences if they don’t allow witnesses at the impeachment trial.
On ABC’s “This Week,” Pelosi said:
“I have always said I would send them over. So there shouldn’t be any mystery to that.”
Previously she said she’d only send them over after she was assured that the trial would be fair and impartial. So she’s either agreeing that this is the case, or she’s going back on what she said.
Under Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Senate appears to have enough votes to follow the rules from the Clinton impeachment, which allowed for a vote after opening statements on whether or not to proceed. If Republicans vote to end the process at that point, then there won’t be any witness testimony.
If that happens, Pelosi said of Mitch McConnell:
“I think that he will be accountable to the American people for that.”
With less than half the nation supporting impeachment, “being accountable” could involve being thanked for getting Congress back to the job of running the nation.