Pelosi Suggests Appointing Managers Before Sending Impeachment Articles To Senate

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told lawmakers Friday in a letter that she plans to move forward with a resolution next week to the Senate to ensure a fair trial agreement on the impeachment articles against President Donald Trump, according to a letter she sent to colleagues Friday. The story was first reported on Fox News. 

Pelosi delayed sending the articles for more than a month. She has come under pressure from senior Democratic party members to move the articles of impeachment.

“None of us understand what Pelosi is doing,” said a senior Republican congressional aide. “It seems like even Democrats don’t get it.”

Last week, Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, was the first Democrat to push Pelosi to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate, as reported Wednesday in Politico. 

“The longer it goes on the less urgent it becomes,” said Feinstein. “So if it’s serious and urgent, send them over. If it isn’t, don’t send it over.”

Pelosi didn’t budge until Friday, and lawmakers are now questioning whether her ploy for managers is just another delay tactic. She says the resolution for appointed managers is to ensure that there will be a fair trial in the Senate.

“I have asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to be prepared to bring to the Floor next week a resolution to appoint managers and transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate. I will be consulting with you at our Tuesday House Democratic Caucus meeting on how we proceed further,” she said in the letter to colleagues.

However, it will not be easy for Pelosi, D-Ca, as questions have surfaced with senior Republican lawmakers over her suggestion to appoint managers to ensure the fairness of the trial, said a senior congressional official.

“None of us understand what Pelosi is doing,” said a senior Republican congressional aide. “It seems like even Democrats don’t get it. The delay pushes impeachment closer to the Iowa caucuses, it makes impeachment look less urgent than Pelosi claimed, it sucks media attention away from issues she’d rather focus on, and it kills whatever momentum the Democrats had. So we’re left scratching our heads at this point.”

Further, her tactic to delay sending the impeachment articles have come under harsh criticism and some are questioning if the resolution is just another tactic to delay the impeachment trial.

She said in her letter that she is “very proud of the courage and patriotism exhibited by our House Democratic Caucus as we support and defend the Constitution.”