Americans can learn a lot from CNN.
The “news” site broke the scandal of President Trump’s daily Diet Coke habit in 2018. More recently, the CNN’s reporters and pundits worked around-the-clock to cover the “murder” of Iran’s “revered and powerful” military leader, Qasem Soleimani.
CNN is so informative, in fact, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is apparently basing her governing strategies on commentary she saw on the so-called “most trusted name in news.”
On Dec. 17, the night before the full House would debate and vote on Trump’s impeachment, Pelosi met behind closed doors with top caucus members on the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. She hinted, for the first time, that she was contemplating a curveball: declining to immediately transmit the impeachment articles to the Senate after the House passed them.
“The rule empowers the Speaker to be able to decide how to send the articles over to the Senate,” she said, according to an aide who was in the room.
Pelosi, according to an aide, had been mulling the tactic since she heard former Nixon White House counsel John Dean float the idea on CNN on Dec. 5. In the committee meeting, she added that she believed (Senate Majority Leader Mitch) McConnell would be motivated to move.
“Somebody said to me today that he may not even take up what we send. (But) then (Trump) will never be vindicated,” she said, according to the aide in the room. “He will be impeached forever. Forever. No matter what the Senate does.”
Despite a bi-partisan vote against the move, Pelosi convinced enough Democrats to approve impeachment on December 18, then announced she would withhold the articles of impeachment from the Senate until she was satisfied with how McConnell planned to hold a trial over the charges of abuse of power and obstruction of justice.
After working to convince the public for months that Trump’s impeachment was an “urgent” national emergency that wouldn’t wait for the 2020 election, Pelosi and Democrats went on break after the vote.
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“We are not sending it … because it is difficult to determine who the managers would be until we see the arena in which we will be participating,” Pelosi said. “It is up to the Senate to say what their rules will be.”
On Tuesday, McConnell announced he has the full support of Republicans on an impeachment framework that would allow the Senate to move forward with a trial, with or without Pelosi’s cooperation.
The next day McConnell sent to the lower chamber to call Pelosi out on the House floor, Breitbart reports.
“There will be no haggling with the House over Senate procedure,” he declared. “We will not cede our authority to try this impeachment. The House Democrats’ turn is over. The Senate has made its decision.”
Now, with the impeachment trial set to start next week, Pelosi announced Friday that the articles of impeachment are on the way, essentially folding to critics who want to get it over with.
“I have asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Nadler to be prepared to bring to the Floor next week a resolution to appoint managers and transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate,” Pelosi wrote to her colleagues on Friday, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“I will be consulting with you at our Tuesday House Democratic Caucus meeting on how we proceed further.”