With pressure mounting on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to transmit her impeachment articles to the Senate, a House Republican just delivered a political blow to the top Democrat.
Rep. Bradley Byrne of Alabama is seeking to rebuke Pelosi with a resolution to censure her for abuse of power for trying to extort the upper chamber of Congress in order to gain concessions for the upcoming trial of President Trump.
In an official press release from his office, Byrne stated:
“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,”
Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) introduced a resolution on Thursday to censure Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for not sending the two articles of impeachment that passed the House in December to the Senate.
“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 said in a statement.
Pelosi has withheld the articles and demanded that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) negotiate terms of a Senate trial. Democrats want to be able to call witnesses at the trial. McConnell has said the Senate could vote on hearing from witnesses, but only after the articles of impeachment are sent to the Senate from the House, and after a trial begins.
More from Congressman Byrne’s 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.
“Pelosi, Schiff, and Nadler must do as our founders intended and 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.”
The Constitution grants the House the power to censure its members, the most serious rebuke the House can give a member short of expulsion. An adopted censure resolution would require the offending member to stand in the well of the House and have the resolution read aloud. The last censure resolution adopted by the House occurred in 2010.
In the first sign that Madame Speaker’s gambit has spectacularly failed, Pelosi caved on Friday and announced that she would soon be moving along and would soon transmit the articles although she did not specify when.
Damage control efforts are already underway with a Time magazine puff piece bestowing praise on Pelosi with a ridiculous spin that she is heroic although it does include the damning detail that she got the idea for her hostage taking from CNN.
Byrne’s resolution to censure the power-drunk queen of the Beltway isn’t going to get very far with Pelosi’s majority unified against the GOP minority – at least until Dems incur major losses come November.
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