During Wednesday’s press conference after the House of Representatives formally passed two articles of impeachment against President Trump, Nancy Pelosi did not commit to a firm date for when they’ll send the articles of impeachment over to the Senate, citing concerns over the rules by which the trial will be ran. It had been assumed that they would send those articles over to the Senate immediately.
Senate Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell claims this shows the Democrats are too afraid to send over their weak articles, but Senate Democrat minority leader Chuck Schumer along with the rest of the Democrats are arguing that McConnell’s admitted bias and determination to not be an impartial juror is highly problematic and they don’t want to just send over the articles unless they can be certain of the rules.
I would think getting this over quickly is what Republicans would want and that the longer this impeachment process plays out, the better it is for Democrats. The only problem is that it appears as though they haven’t kept their cards close to the vest, instead revealing the cards that they intend to play. As a result, Democrats are calling what appears to be a fair audible.
In other words, Republicans, at least ones in the Senate, would have been smarter to insist they’ll run a fair trial even if they still intend to not remove Trump. I’m not saying it would have been good of them to lie about that and be disingenuous, but by flaunting the fact that they’re going to let Trump off the hook before the House even formally passed articles of impeachment appears to be bad both ethically and politically. Because now, Democrats can hold off on the articles, citing concerns over fairness. If Republicans ever say the Democrats have no reason to think the process will be unfair, all Democrats have to do is tell us to roll back the tape and listen to what Republicans have said themselves.
The bottom line is that by being so brazen in their assertions that they’re not going to be fair and impartial jurors, the Republican Senate may be shooting themselves in the foot. They’re giving the Democrats the green light to stretch this process out longer, something that I think works against their own interests.