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Thu Dec 19, 2019, 10:22 AM

 

Speaker Pelosi ties up Mitch in a knot with his own rules [View all]

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Contrary to what some seem to think, the Constitution doesn't require the House to "immediately" refer impeachment to the Senate. It is silent on the process and timing and, in fact, doesn't require the House to refer the Articles to the Senate at any particular time or even at all.

However, the Senate rules on impeachment require the Senate to begin action "immediately" after receiving notice from the House that impeachment managers have been appointed. When such notice is received from the House, the rules require the Senate to "receive" the managers to present the articles and upon presentation, the Senate must begin the trial at 1:00 pm the day after the presentation. https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CDOC-99sdoc33/html/CDOC-99sdoc33.htm

So, under its own rules, the Senate cannot begin its part of the impeachment process until the House notifies them that managers have been appointed - meaning that it's completely up to the House when the Senate process is triggered. Until Pelosi appoints managers and notifies the Senate thereof, there's nothing for the Senate to do.

Last night, Pelosi indicated that she may not appoint managers until the Senate provides her additional information about how they plan to proceed since she needs to have these details in order to appoint the appropriate managers.

In other words, she's saying "You can't start until I tell you to. But I'm not going to tell you to until you lay out your plan for me."

She is forcing Mitch's hand and keeping full control of the articles until he shows it - and she's doing it by using HIS rules against him.

She's obviously gamed all of this out so far ahead of everyone they never saw it coming. And no doubt, she has all of her next moves worked out and ready to go when the time comes. I can't wait to see what she has in store.

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