UPDATED 10:57 AM PT — Friday, January 10, 2020
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is speaking out against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to withhold the articles of impeachment against President Trump instead of sending them over to the Senate.
While speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill Thursday, the Republican congressman said members of Pelosi’s own party don’t even know what she’s doing. He quoted senior Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D.-Calif.), who he called “the hometown senator for Nancy Pelosi.” Feinstein previously made the following statement:
“The longer it goes on, the less urgent it becomes. So if it’s serious and urgent, send them over. If it is not, don’t send it over.”
McCarthy also questioned why Pelosi would use her party’s majority to impeach the president, but then hold onto the papers. Pelosi defended her actions by claiming House Democrats need to know what type of trial the Senate intends to conduct. She also pointed out that some Republican senators said they would vote to dismiss the charges outright without having a trial, which she claimed equates to a cover-up.
.@SpeakerPelosi on Articles of Impeachment: “We need to see the arena in which we are sending our managers.”
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 9, 2020
However, it appears she may finally be budging. In a letter Friday, Pelosi said she has “asked Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler to be prepared to bring” a resolution to the floor next week “to appoint managers and transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate.” This follows increasing calls from both sides of the aisle.
In the letter, Pelosi criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for planning to dismiss the charges. She has called on the upper chamber to hold a trial. This comes after McConnell suggested the Senate would move on to the business of the American people next week if the House speaker did not hand over the charges levied against the president.