Reporter’s Notebook: Why is Pelosi holding the indictment? DC insiders have some theories

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Charges in limbo as the house withholds articles; reports rich Edson.

CAPITOL HILL – the house of representatives work, had evening for the year early last Thursday. Almost all of the legislators escaped to the train station or the airport. The Senate was stranded in a lengthy quorum call the Capitol Rotunda. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., graced to explain to the Senate around 6 p.m., he and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, remained about on a cul-de-SAC, such as the implementation of a removal procedure.

And then, near the Will Rogers Statue, just a few steps from the house floor, were three helpers, house speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Two clutched huge bills, ready for President Trump’s signature. Another pushed a shopping cart filled with a stash of legislation. Loading of the trolley was one of the “mini-buses” of the Congress had just approved a spending measure that helped stave off a government shutdown. They were wheeling the measures from the House floor, back to the speaker’s office or to the Senate.

Watching the procession, someone asked me if the house had secretly adopted, the measurement of the announcement of the indictment-Manager. It was possible, the articles in the indictment, the Board, the Senate tied the cart loaded?

That was not the case. The house would have to vote for a secondary resolution actually shipping the indictment, the Senate, and the name of impeachment-Manager. The house would be in session a handful of times in the course of the next few weeks, in short pro forma sessions, in which the body would be gavel for a few seconds and gavel right back out. But, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., announced last Thursday, the house would not conduct any votes until Jan. 7.

The impeachment articles are not going anywhere. Pelosi still clutched, in an effort to secure the Democrats, ” the procedure calls for a dismissal.


And with no planned not to vote in the house, the impeachment article, the heading, the of the Senate in the foreseeable future. In 1998, the house a resolution for the deployment of an indictment, the Senate approved the accused only a few minutes after the house, the then-President Clinton.


Washington has atwitter about what Pelosi’s gambit could be due to the hold of the item Let’s face it: no one really knows why Pelosi is holding the article. Only you will know. But, here are some reasons are learned, different, that Washington is not proposed to have the hands of Fox News, why is Pelosi sending the article to the Senate only:

  • Pelosi is not really think that the Senate conduct a fair trial. Democrats have argued for months that McConnell has done to the Senate in an unfair way. Look at the notes of the house-approved bills awaiting action in the GOP-controlled Senate. Think of how McConnell, the Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland treated a few years ago. The Senate could simply dismiss the article without any true assessment. No shipping of the items would help to shape Democrats, their “legal cemetery” story about the Senate with McConnell – who has made the statement, the statement of himself as “the Grim Reaper”, as the responsible person. Democrats could win weaponize this behavior against vulnerable Senate Republicans in an effort to the Senate next fall.
  • Pelosi has the article to secure Senate consideration of some of these house bills passed – including the USA–Mexico–Canada agreement [USMCA] hold. McConnell recently said the Senate was not the start of the USMCA, until it is finished to a Senate study. Without a test version of the map, McConnell is no excuse not to have dignity, to move USMCA before the middle of January.
  • Charge went poorly for the Democrats. Pelosi was forced in the impeachment of the President by the liberals in their group. You wanted to apply a hand brake to stop and the process now in order to protect the vulnerable freshman Democrats supported impeachment.
  • Pelosi fears a Senate study. The President and many Republicans have said they wanted to summon, the house Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the three-piece, and the whistleblower as a witness in a Senate study. Nothing good would come from a wide-open Senate trial for the Democrats.
  • Pelosi wanted to keep the indictment by the Iowa Caucasus and the New Hampshire primary. This delay would create a Senate study, to the field of 2020 Democrats, low – and protect-the senators run for President.
  • Pelosi was waiting for the house strongly, the additional indictment in the coming months – starting with the President of the tax return covers. Then you had the whole panel of the indictment to the Senate.
  • By keeping the article, Pelosi daring McConnell was preceded by a type of resolution (the condemn otherwise, no direct parliamentary influence on the indictment approved by the house), the house of the action. Support for such a resolution can be a challenge – and politically dangerous – vulnerable Republican senators facing re-election in the year 2020: Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Martha McSally of Arizona and Cory Gardner in Colorado.
  • By keeping the article, Pelosi could dictate when the Senate could start the trial. After all, the Senate is pretty much bound to go through the motions of a test phase at least. Maybe Pelosi could send the article in the early autumn before the presidential election.
  • Pelosi has known how to skin a trump card. Think of how Trump talked about how he roamed alone in the White house last Christmas, during the government shutdown. The President said just the other day he wanted a fast process. By sticking to the article, Pelosi deny the President could want to its most prominent and essential space for rent in the trump suit the head. The President thought that everything would be done by mid-January. Not now.
  • The Republicans may soon start to demand that the speaker haste to send the article post. The Republicans have repeatedly talked about how unfair the house impeachment process of the President. But, by keeping the article, Pelosi could “incite” – Republicans in what some saw as an overzealous defense of trump.
  • By stalling of the article in eternity, Pelosi to block the President from his boss could want: a discharge by the Senate. The article could trick Trump into a misstep, and cross to say to him, the Senate censured what is called many Republicans, keeping it from spreading through the house.
  • You keep the items in the house, Pelosi would maintain control, instead of trump. McConnell would not have the control either. With the indictment in suspense, everyone else would be out of balance, with the exception of Pelosi.
  • Pelosi instead of genuine concerns about a Senate study, and what could be the meaning of such a spectacle for the country. A broad, hyperbolic negotiation in a toxified climate really the political guard rails for both sides could test it.
  • Of course these are all theories. Several house Democrats spoke indicated to Fox News that no one really knew what was Pelosi, to the keep the article. They are all just theories along the lines of the points that are listed above.


    This was unknown Terrain. A few weeks ago, Fox News asked someone well-versed in the Congress, the parliamentary procedure, if it has not been possible to restrain the impeachment articles to the Senate. The answer was “Yes”. But, the source scoffed, in view of the above, it would be almost absurd to have to go through the impeachment process – and then not send the article to the Senate for trial. Also older house Democrats indicated on Fox News last week they thought the house would send the articles to the Senate the same.

    It will be absurd, but that is where we are. All of Washington is now in suspended animation. And, this is where it seems the things will remain until the beginning of next year.

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