A Senate impeachment trial could begin in very short order.
Donald Trump’s political fate hangs in the balance.
And now Republicans struck one deal on impeachment that left Trump stunned into silence.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi withheld articles of impeachment to try and pressure Republicans into caving to Democrats’ demands for witnesses at an impeachment trial.
Republicans want to structure Trump’s impeachment trial like Bill Clinton’s, where the trial began with opening arguments and time for questions and then there was a vote on witness testimony.
Democrats hoped the delay in sending over the articles of impeachment would twist the screws on RINO Senators after weeks of media backlash.
But that gambit failed.
Mitch McConnell announced he had the votes within the Republican caucus to proceed with a trial without committing to witness testimony.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is moving forward on a set of impeachment trial rules without Democratic support.
The Kentucky Republican said Tuesday that he has locked down sufficient backing from his 53-member caucus to pass a blueprint for the trial that leaves the question of seeking witnesses and documents until after opening arguments are made.
That framework would mirror the contours of President Bill Clinton’s trial and ignore Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s demands for witnesses and new evidence at the outset.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi has withheld the articles of impeachment since the House voted in December to charge Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, in part to push Republicans to agree to fair rules for the trial. The GOP used the delay from the House to get ready to start the clock on the impeachment trial as soon as possible.
Pelosi’s ploy never had a chance of succeeding.
The idea that Republicans would cross President Trump to side with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer on to put the Democrats in charge of an impeachment trial was Fake News Media “wish-casting”.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.