After days of refusing to disclose her plans for the article of impeachment against former President Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is abruptly reversing course, telling Senate Democrats on Friday that she’ll send the charges to the upper chamber by Monday.
There was speculation — backed by House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) — that Pelosi could withhold the article of impeachment for several months to allow the Senate to focus on confirming President Biden’s cabinet picks and kickstarting his agenda.
However, as support for the impeachment of a departed president wanes both among voters and the Senate, Pelosi has opted to push the procedure through.
The House voted in favor of impeaching the outgoing President on grounds of inciting a riot related to the January 6th Capitol riots in which rogue Trump supporters broke into the Capitol building ahead of the election certification vote.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced Friday morning that Pelosi will forward the article of impeachment to the Senate first thing next week, and Schumer confirmed that there will be a “full trial” in the upper chamber.
“There will be a trial,” Schumer said, according to the Associated Press. “It will be a full trial, it will be a fair trial.”
Though many Democrats — and even “Republicans” — were thirsty for revenge against Trump and pushed the impeachment vote through just days after the riot, strategists have warned that the impeachment battle could derail Joe Biden’s plans for overhauling the government in the left’s image.
That prospect hasn’t deterred Pelosi, however, who appears to have made it her life’s mission to relentlessly attack Donald Trump — even after he peacefully left office on January 20th.