Pelosi says she’ll send impeachment when she’s ready; GOP Rep. Byrne moves to censure Speaker for holding up impeachment (Video)

While speaking to reporters on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would sent impeachment to the Senate when she’s ready.  Meanwhile, Breitbart reported, Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Ala., is set to introduce a resolution to censure the California Democrat for obstructing the process.

“I’m not holding them indefinitely,” Pelosi said of the articles passed by House Democrats on a party-line vote in December. “I’ll send ’em over when I’m ready, and that will probably be soon.”

“You will keep asking me the same question, I will keep giving you the same answer,” she added, getting a bit snippy with reporters. “As I said right from the start, we need to see the arena in which we are sending our managers. Is that too much to ask?”

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But Byrne isn’t impressed.  According to Breitbart:

“Speaker Pelosi’s decision to hold the articles of impeachment against President Trump in a pathetic and unconstitutional attempt to extract concessions from the Senate is an unprecedented abuse of power,” Byrne told Breitbart News in an exclusive statement. “House Democrats made the misguided decision to rush through the most legally unsound and factually unsupported articles of impeachment in the history of this country, and they can’t now insist that the Senate fix their shoddy, incomplete work.”

The congressman stated that the House’s role in the proceedings was over, and only Pelosi and her allies were left, most notably Reps. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Adam Schiff (D-CA), to “present the lackluster case they assembled to the Senate and let the president finally exercise his right to defend himself.”

“Until then, the leader of this attempt to throw out constitutional norms to remove our president must be held accountable,” Byrne added.

The move comes as Pelosi is holding up the articles in an effort to push the Senate to adopt rules seen as favorable to Democrats for the impeachment trial. In particular, the speaker was rumored to be holding out for an agreement by McConnell to have former National Security Adviser John Bolton testify. The Senate GOP, for its part, seems to not be buying the ruse, with McConnell announcing on Wednesday his caucus would remain united in the face of Pelosi’s tactics.

Of course, with the House dominated by Democrats, it’s unlikely Byrne’s resolution will go very far.


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