A review of the Constitution’s text and the delegates’ deliberations at the 1787 Federal Convention raises significant questions about the case for late impeachment.
Senate Democrats likely lack the votes to pull off a major rules change. Still, the fact so many want to do so speaks to the radical nature of their goals.
Reports suggest House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to tighten one of the few remaining procedural options Republicans have to amend legislation.
Now that they’ve passed an impeachment bill, Democrats are slow-walking the process in a bid to secure procedural guarantees from Senate Republicans on how the trial will unfold.
By refusing to send articles of impeachment to the Senate, Pelosi is asserting the primacy of the Democrat-controlled House over the GOP-led Senate.
If the Democrats impeach Trump but refuse to send the bill to the Senate for trial, it will be an abject, laughable surrender.
I am concerned with long-term consequences: the Senate’s ability to protect the rights of those with minority viewpoints, and to check an unruly majority and an overly empowered executive.
Filibustering nominations has long been considered illegitimate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should move now, before Trump’s inauguration.
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