House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signed a pair of impeachment articles and had them delivered to the Senate on Wednesday afternoon where the impeachment trial will unfold on Thursday and through at least next week.
While Democrats will no longer have a majority to orchestrate how the process is going to unfold, they are still trying to rid Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of his leadership powers.
Although Senate members will determine whether or not President Trump should be removed from office for abusing his office and for obstructing Congress, newly-appointed House impeachment manager Val Demings said McConnell should be forced to recuse himself from the impeachment process.
From the Miami Herald:
Rep Val Demings’ position, shared publicly by a just a few other Democrats, could undercut House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s efforts to frame impeachment as an exercise of constitutional duty. Republicans have argued for months that Democrats are on a partisan mission to remove Trump from office.
Yet in selecting Demings on Wednesday as one of the seven impeachment managers, Pelosi is giving a national spotlight to a Democrat who has often gone against House leaders on impeachment issues — she first called for Trump’s removal from office a year before party leadership and is now agitating for McConnell’s recusal.
According to the report, Demings said McConnell should step aside for openly “boasting that he won’t be impartial in deciding whether Trump should be acquitted or convicted.”
“The moment Senator McConnell takes the oath of impartiality required by the Constitution, he will be in violation of that oath,” Demings said in a statement on December 13. “He has effectively promised to let President Trump manage his own impeachment trial. The Senator must withdraw.”
“I’m disappointed,” she added in her remarks on Wednesday, per the Miami Herald. “As I said before, the senators and we have been given tremendous responsibility, as well as the president. For the Senate Majority Leader to publicly announce that he has no intention of being impartial and, as a matter of fact, he’s coordinating every step with the White House and there will be no difference between the White House and his views, is absolutely shameful. It’s hard to take that one back and put that toothpaste back in the tube.”
This is so unserious.
Demings suggests McConnell should recuse himself over a lack of impartiality.
But Demings was calling for President Trump’s impeachment last April, months before the Ukraine issue happened and did not recuse herself from the House impeachment process. https://t.co/ShGmUBVyjO
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) January 16, 2020
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During a press conference on Wednesday, Pelosi named House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff as the lead manager; and, Demings, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, and Democratic Congress members Jason Crow, Sylvia Garcia, and Zoe Lofgren as other impeachment members.
The Daily Caller reports the list is full of people who advocated for impeaching President Trump long before he even had committed the alleged crime Democrats impeached him for: “Six of the seven impeachment managers selected by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi supported the impeachment of President Donald Trump before the whistleblower complaint was filed.”
Six of the seven House impeachment managers supported impeachment BEFORE the Ukraine phone call took place.
Let’s face it: the Democrats have wanted to impeach President Trump since day one. They will stop at nothing to sabotage his presidency. pic.twitter.com/nnkUDZqh0w
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) January 16, 2020
The Daily Caller adds:
The seven impeachment managers’ roles are very much like the roles of prosecutors, as the members are responsible for presenting the impeachment inquiries to the Senate, to make the case as to why Trump should be impeached with the evidence they have gathered.