Nearly three weeks ago, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and her liberal Democratic Party cohorts voted to impeach President Trump. But rather than fulfill their constitutional duty and send the articles of impeachment to the Senate, House Democrats have decided to play more partisan games.
Every step of the way, Democrats like House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff warned that President Trump is a “clear and present danger” to democracy who must be removed now.
New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez urged her fellow Democrats to “move quite quickly” to impeach President Trump because the integrity of the 2020 election was in immediate peril.
And yet when it came time to prosecute the case, Speaker Pelosi got cold feet.
In the real world, it’s put up or shut up. That’s why we joined Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley in introducing a mandate that forces the House to deliver the articles of impeachment within 25 days.
If Pelosi doesn’t think her case is strong enough to deliver within that timeframe, then the Senate should be allowed to dismiss the case and get back to real problems like lowering prescription drug prices and passing the critical U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement.
This is not a partisan idea and would apply to any impeachment in the future whether it be led by Democrats or Republicans.
This 25-day impeachment mandate is a common-sense idea to ensure impeachments proceed according to the Constitution and stop political games like Speaker Pelosi is playing now.
It’s apparent to us that Speaker Pelosi is holding the articles of impeachment because she knows her case is flimsy and will collapse under any real scrutiny but the Constitution is black and white here: the House has the sole power to impeach, and the Senate has the sole power to try impeachments.
House Democrats and Speaker Pelosi have zero say in how the Senate conducts its trial. Whether the speaker wants to prevent the trial indefinitely or just until House Democrats can salvage sinking public support for this partisan process is irrelevant.
If Democrats are afraid to try their case, the articles should be dismissed for failure to prosecute.
The American people are tired of this political hack job and it’s time we put this unfortunate chapter behind us and get back to work.
Speaker Pelosi: Send it or end it.