Pelosi Got Idea to Hold Impeachment Articles from CNN Guest John Dean

Pelosi Got Idea to Hold Impeachment Articles from CNN Guest John Dean


According to a new report from Time, Pelosi
got the idea to hold the impeachment articles from CNN guest John Dean. Per Time Pelosi, according to an aide, had been mulling
the tactic since she heard former Nixon White House counsel John Dean float the idea on
CNN on Dec. 5. In the committee meeting, she added that she
believed McConnell would be motivated to move. “Somebody said to me today that he may not
even take up what we send. [But] then [Trump] will never be vindicated,”
she said, according to the aide in the room. “He will be impeached forever. Forever. No matter what the Senate does.” Dean is a regular CNN guest. In a mid December appearance, Dean argued
Pelosi has leverage over the Senate impeachment trial because there are no rules against her
withholding the approved articles of impeachment. Wednesday, Senator Mitch McConnell spoke about
the impeachment process on the Senate floor, making clear that Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s
leverage over the Senate’s trial is “nonexistent” and that there “will be no haggling with
the House” about the process and rules of the Senate trial. Multiple Democrats have begun to turn against
Pelosi’s strategy to hold the articles of impeachment indefinitely. The tide began to turn after Democrats failed
to secure the votes needed for Schumer’s demand of witnesses at the offset. McConnell was able to convince swing Senators
Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski to reject Schumer’s demand. Per Laura Litvan, Dianne Feinstein no longer
sees a purpose for delay. Dianne Feinstein says it’s time for Speaker
Nancy Pelosi to send the impeachment articles to the Senate. “If we’re going to do it, she should send
them over,” the California Democrat said. “I don’t see what good delay does.” Democrat Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut
“I think the time has past. She should send the articles over” Democrat Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia
“I think it needs to start, I really do. I can’t tell the House how to do their business. I would never try to tell Speaker Pelosi. But the bottom line is,x the holdout helped
force Bolton to step forward. “Let us do what we have to do over here.”

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