Now that the Articles of Impeachment have been passed in the House of Representatives for crimes imagined, the Speaker of the House has a duty to deliver them to the Senate. Back in the 1990s, when Bill Clinton was impeached for lying under oath, the Speaker of the House at the time famously walked the articles to the Senate chamber for prosecution.
For the moment, it appears that current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has no intention of doing that. In fact, she has no intention of sending the articles to the Senate by any means, including carrier pigeon.
That being the case, according to one of their constitutional scholars who served as a witness in their hearings, the Democrats have a problem.
Noah Feldman indicated in an op-ed published by Bloomberg that the Articles of Impeachment, approved in a House vote Wednesday night, need to be delivered to the Senate in order to actually impeach President Donald Trump.
“The House must actually send the articles and send managers to the Senate to prosecute the impeachment. And the Senate must actually hold a trial,” Feldman wrote.
Oops. So, actually passing the paperwork and then sitting on it like a big game trophy is not going to do a darn thing, apparently – especially not hold up the appointment and confirmation of a Supreme Court justice, for example, if a vacancy should occur in the next little while.
The Democratic California congresswoman says she might sit on the articles until she is assured of a “fair” trial in the Senate. House Majority Whip James Clyburn has even suggested the Democrats might never advance the impeachment process.
That’s a position that Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called “incredibly dangerous” and “uncharted waters — constitutionally,” on Thursday.
Feldman, no ally of Republicans or the president, would agree.
Hence, the Democrats’ problem. Fancy Nancy can’t have her cake AND eat it too…especially with those dentures that she’s constantly fiddling with.