President Donald Trump doesnt want to delay a Senate impeachment trial over the tensions with Iran, White House advisor Kellyanne Conway said on Jan. 6.
Asked if Trump favors delaying the trial to focus on Iran, Conway told reporters in Washington: “It looks like Nancy Pelosi favors a delay in the impeachment process, because she hasnt bothered to send over the articles of impeachment from the House. Which is it? Is the president is an imminent threat to the republic, a clear and present danger who must be removed immediately? Or did she take a little mini-sabbatical over the break and has decided when to send over the articles of impeachment?”
Pelosi, the House speaker, has withheld the articles of impeachment from the Senate after the House voted on Dec. 18, 2019, to impeach Trump.
“Why would he want to delay the trial? He knows the trial is going nowhere. He wants a full and fair trial, but that doesnt mean a lengthy one. Those articles of impeachment are very thin,” Conway added.
“They know their case is very weak. They know their case was very obtuse, was very weak, very specious, and she wont send those over. So, delay a trial for what reason? I mean, lets get on with it already.”
Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) are attempting to force Pelosis hand. Graham said during an appearance on Fox News “Sunday Morning Futures” that hed push for a change to the Senate rules if the articles werent received this week.
“My goal is to start this trial in the next coming days, not let Nancy Pelosi take over the Senate,” he said.
“Well use the Clinton model, where you take the record established in the House, let the House managers appointed by Pelosi make the argument, let the president make his argument why the two articles are flawed, and then well decide whether we want witnesses. But this should be done in a couple of weeks,” he said, echoing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Hawley said he was introducing on Monday a change to Senate rules, accusing Pelosi of “trying to obstruct the Senate trial.”
“We need to change the Senate rules to allow the Senate to dismiss this case if she refuses to send the articles over,” he said during an appearance on Fox News.
Constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University law professor, said Monday that the Senate could eliminate “the courtesy of waiting for the House” or hold ” a summary vote in light of the Houses failure” to send the articles over. McConnell said last week that he expects the articles to be sent to the Senate “soon.”
Pelosi has declined to publicly comment on a timeline for sending the articles over. Shes said shes withholding the articles because she wants the Senate, which is controlled by Republicans, to hold a “fair trial.”
On Jan. 3, she accused McConnell of assisting Trump in an alleged cover-up of the presidents abuse of power.
“In December, the House upheld its Constitutional duty to defend democracy For The People, honoring the vision of our Founders for a Republic. In an impeachment trial, every U.S. Senator is required to take an oath to do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws,” she said in a statement.Read More – Source