Pelosi says Trump ‘impeached for life’
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has said that Republican President Donald Trump is “impeached for life” regardless of “any gamesmanship” by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
In an interview with ABC News on Sunday, she defended her decision to temporarily delay the Senate’s impeachment trial of the president and accused McConnell of orchestrating a “coverup” of Trump’s actions.
“What we think we accomplished in the past few weeks is that we wanted the public to see the need for witnesses,” Pelosi said.
“Now the ball is in their court to either do that or pay the price,” noted Pelosi, who said on Friday that she would send the articles of impeachment against Trump over to the Senate next week.
Pelosi censured McConnell for signaling that he is not interested in fully considering the House’s charges in the Senate that will almost certainly result in Trump's acquittal.
“Dismissing is a coverup. Dismissing is a coverup. If they want to go that route again, the senators who are thinking now about voting for witnesses or not — they will have to be accountable for not having a fair trial,” she said on ABC News’s “This Week.”
Trump on Sunday said that Republicans were giving credibility to the impeachment inquiry by holding a trial in the Senate.
The president appeared to urge Senate Republicans to reject the idea of holding a trial at all.
"Many believe that by the Senate giving credence to a trial based on the no evidence, no crime, read the transcripts, 'no pressure' Impeachment Hoax, rather than an outright dismissal, it gives the partisan Democrat Witch Hunt credibility that it otherwise does not have. I agree!" Trump tweeted.
Trump said the upcoming Senate impeachment trial "should not even be allowed to proceed."
The Senate impeachment trial of Trump could begin as early as Wednesday.