Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi dodged a question asked on Friday about when the impeachment trial for President Donald Trump would begin, which would be the second of his presidency, concerning the charge of inciting rioters to siege the Capitol building.
On Wednesday of this week, the House voted in favor of impeaching the president on one article, which is very similar to an indictment.
However, Pelosi refused to say when she would send over the article of impeachment to the Senate, which is the necessary step that needs to be taken in order to trigger the trial.
“You’ll be the first to know,” Pelosi said to the press.
Ten Republicans joined Democrats in supporting impeachment, while others argued Trump’s remarks were protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which defends free speech.
According to Senate rules, the trial would start the day after the charge is sent over by the House. The last time the House voted to impeach Trump, in December 2019, Pelosi did not transmit the charges to the Senate for weeks.
The earlier charges related to abuse of power and obstruction of Congress stemming from Trump’s request that Ukraine investigate Biden and his son Hunter. The Senate in February 2020 voted to acquit Trump, keeping him in office.
Many senators have brought up the fact that by the time the trial starts, Trump will be a private citizen again, which means that, constitutionally speaking, he can’t technically be given an impeachment trial. One has to hold the office before that can be done.
This is going to put a serious cramp in the festivities next week. Liberals were hoping to get Trump tried and convicted so they could ensure he would never be able to run for office again.
Unfortunately for them, it seems their efforts are going to fail.