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Pelosi's sitting on the articles of impeachment is merely a stunt

Betsy McCaughey on

Imagine if a district attorney charged you with wrongdoing, and then let the charges hang over you indefinitely?

That's the stunt Nancy Pelosi has been pulling, sitting on the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump since Dec. 18.

Senate Judiciary Committee chair Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., accuses House Dems of "trying to hold these articles over the head of the president," denying him a chance to be acquitted.

Graham says "if we don't get the articles this week," then Senators should deem the impeachment articles "delivered to the Senate" so the trial can begin.

Monday, freshman Senator Josh Hawley, R-Mo., asked what's to stop Pelosi from holding the articles indefinitely. "If Americans are sick of this impeachment saga, this partisan circus now," think how they'll feel months, or even a year, from now.

Hawley is proposing a 25-day deadline. If the House fails to deliver the articles and name a legal team by then, the Senate can vote to dismiss the charges.

 

Hawley and Graham are rightfully fed up, but Graham's proposal is the better one. The president and the nation deserve a verdict, not just a dismissal.

To get it done, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell will have to drop the fiction that the Senate is still a place for bipartisan civility. It's time for a reality check.

In a previous era when senators prided themselves on bipartisanship, the Senate established a requirement for a 2/3 majority to consider any rules changes. Republicans and Democrats would have to agree. That can't happen this time. Republicans have a bare 53 votes, and no Democrat is likely to support a rules change.

McConnell blasted Pelosi on Monday for treating impeachment like a "frivolous game." To outmaneuver her, McConnell will have to resort to a parliamentary device -- the "nuclear option" -- that requires only a simple majority. He used it before to prevent Democrats from blocking Trump's judicial and executive branch nominees. The stakes are higher now: a timely trial for the president.

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