By Jon Dougherty
(TNS) Can you impeach a president for an alleged crime and then turn around and commit the very same infraction when you’re ‘negotiating’ for a Senate trial?
You can if you’re a Democrat and you lack the hypocrisy gene.
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So it is with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Recall that the esteemed representative from California decided last week that she would hold onto the two articles of impeachment her Garbage Party colleagues alone passed against President Trump, accusing him, in part, of “abuse of power” in seeking a “quid pro quo” with the Ukrainian president — military aid in exchange for a pledge that President Volodymyr Zelensky would investigation 2016 election interference in collusion with Democrats.
Only, President Trump never demanded that. U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland testified, in fact, that Trump specifically refused a “quid pro quo” regarding Ukraine.
Nevertheless, such a demand is not beyond Pelosi when it comes to securing “a fair impeachment trial” in the Senate.
That is the basis for her refusal to transmit the articles of impeachment to the upper chamber, as required by the Constitution: No guarantee that she can make the rules for the Senate, no impeachment articles.
This hypocrisy didn’t slip past the crew of “Fox & Friends” and former independent counsel Ken Starr, the latter of whom led the impeachment investigation against President Bill Clinton in the late 1990s.
Starr notes that because Pelosi hasn’t sent over the articles yet, then it appears as though Trump really hasn’t been impeached, formally, just yet, since the process isn’t complete.
“It’s an impeachment with a footnote or with an asterisk,” he said. “By the way, it never went over to the Senate, which I think means that it’s a bit of a phony impeachment.
“[Pelosi] appears to be intruding into the power of the Senate which is ironic in the extreme, isn’t it? So, I think there is an abuse of House power in the way that this process unfolded in the House and riding rough-shod over minority rights and, ultimately, the rights of the president,” Starr added.
“Now she’s trying to essentially tell the Senate how to do its business…and it’s just wrong constitutionally.”
Host Ed Henry posited, ‘That kinda sounds like Pelosi is demanding a quid pro quo, huh?’
A smiling Starr replied, “Exactly, I said hey it’s attempted extortion. It certainly is asking for a quid pro quo…great point.”
Asked what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will do, Starr responded, “McConnell is doing it in exactly the right way. I gather he’s going to say, ‘We’re going to go forward with the business in the Senate and not play games.’”
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