Pelosi Under Pressure as GOP Moves to Toss Impeachment Charges Against Trump
House Speakers delay on sending articles to Senate is backfiring
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is facing mounting pressure to send the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate as a group of Republican senators introduced legislation that would allow the Senate to dismiss the charges altogether.
The efforts to force Pelosi to hand over the articles of impeachment came after former national security adviser John Bolton said he would be willing to testify in the impeachment trial.
“Since my testimony is once again at issue, I have had to resolve the serious competing issues as best I could, based on careful consideration and study,” he wrote in a statement.
“I have concluded that, if the Senate issues a subpoena for my testimony, I am prepared to testify.”
Democrats believe Bolton could provide testimony that could prove Trump withheld funding for Ukraine to pressure an investigation on Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham on Monday gave Pelosi an impeachment ultimatum, saying the GOP controlled Senate has plenty of options for the House speaker:
“What I would do, if she continues to refuse to send the articles as required by the Constitution, I would work with Senator McConnell to change the rules of the Senate so we could start the trial without her, if necessary,” Graham said
Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz slammed Pelosi last month, saying her to the decision to delay sending the articles of impeachment from the Senate’s gaze was “a sign of weakness” and “an admission of failure.”
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In December, Trump blasted House Democrats for voting to impeach him without providing any evidence of a crime during a Turning Point USA event in West Palm Beach, Fla.
“They had nothing. There’s no crime. There’s no nothing," Trump said.
"How do you impeach? You had no crime."
"Even their people said there was no crime," he said.
"In fact, there’s no impeachment."
"Their own lawyer said there’s no impeachment."
Trump addressed Pelosi as "crazy Nancy" before criticizing her for delaying the impeachment process by withholding the articles from the GOP-controlled Senate.