McConnell Slams Door On Pelosi Bid To Influence Senate On Impeachment

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is
clearly fed up with Nancy Pelosi’s brazen efforts to dictate the rules in the upper
chamber of Congress. In remarks delivered on Friday, the Kentucky
Republican blasted Madame Speaker’s power play as a “fantasy” and a “non-starter” in
slamming the door on her perception of having influence outside of her domain. McConnell ripped Pelosi’s sitting on the two
articles of impeachment that Democrats celebrated before Christmas and sent a clear message
that if and when she performs her constitutional duty, that the adults will assume control
of the process. As McConnell put it – their turn is over and
they’ve done enough damage. Via Fox News, “Impeachment impasse deepens
as McConnell rejects Pelosi’s bid to shape trial: ‘Their turn is over’”: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaking
from the chamber’s floor Friday, rejected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s efforts to
shape a pending impeachment trial as “fantasy”—leaving the process at a standstill as lawmakers return
from the holiday recess. “Their turn is over. They’ve done enough
damage. It’s the Senate’s turn now to render sober judgment,” McConnell, R-Ky.,
said on the Senate floor. But he stressed that the chamber cannot hold
a trial unless and until the House of Representatives transmits the two articles of impeachment
adopted last month, accusing President Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress
pertaining to his dealings with Ukraine. Pelosi, D-Calif., has held onto them in a bid to seek
favorable terms for a trial, including the involvement of certain Democrat-sought witnesses. McConnell called Pelosi’s effort to “hand-design”
the proceedings in the Senate a “non-starter” and a “fantasy.” This comes after weeks of having his character
attacked by an unscrupulous and vicious media and signals that the new year will be marked
by intensifying tensions between the two leaders. McConnell also put Madame Speaker and Senate
Democrats on blast via Twitter with a series of missives making it clear that the Senate
will continue doing its own work regardless of Pelosi’s hostage taking. He also delivered a history lesson by invoking
the Founding Fathers and their intent that the Senate be a bulwark against the angry
lynch mob in the House. And topped it off with a double whammy of
ripping the slipshod impeachment articles as well as calling Pelosi and her minions
chicken. As for Pelosi? She tripled down on the constitutional
crisis that she has set into motion by accusing McConnell of violating his oath of office
and promoting the new Democrat conspiracy theory that he’s acting as President Trump’s
accomplice in a cover-up. According to a statement issued by Team Pelosi: “Today, Leader McConnell made clear that
he will feebly comply with President Trump’s cover-up of his abuses of power and be an
accomplice to that cover-up” “Leader McConnell is doubling down on his
violation of his oath, even after the exposure of new, deeply incriminating documents this
week which provide further evidence of what we know: President Trump abused the power
of his office for personal, political gain,” Not a good start to the new year for nervous
Nancy who is beginning to show signs of cracking under pressure.

Norman Bunn

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