Pelosi said McConnell “very unusually” signed a resolution last week to toss the case once the Senate takes up the two articles passed by the House in December.
“Dismissing is a cover up,” Pelosi said on ABC News’ “This Week.” “If they want to go that route, again, the senators who are now thinking about witnesses or not – they will have to be accountable for not having a fair trial.”
“It’s about a fair trial, they take an oath to have a fair trial and we think that would be with witnesses and documentation,” she continued. “Now the ball is in their court to either do that or pay a price for not doing that.”
The California Democrat said despite McConnell’s “gamesmanship,” Trump “is impeached for life.”
Pelosi has yet to hand over the articles of impeachment – charging the president with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress – in an effort to force McConnell to call witnesses during the impeachment trial.
She said she is “consulting” with other Democrats on Tuesday about voting to send the articles to the Senate.
McConnell last week said he had enough Republican votes to begin a trial without first calling witnesses, saying he would be keeping with the framework used during the impeachment trial of former President Bill Clinton.
Democrats have sought the testimony of current and former administration officials – including former national security adviser John Bolton, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – about the July phone call in which Trump sought an investigation into Joe Biden by the Ukrainian president.
Bolton has said he would be willing to testify if subpoenaed as part of a Senate trial.
Pelosi was asked what the House would do if the Senate doesn’t call on Bolton or others to testify.
“Well, it’s not excluded … but we’ll see what they do. But we do think there’s enough evidence to remove the president from office,” she said.
Trump Defense to Employ Executive Privilege in Senate Impeachment Trial and for Good Reason
This article was sourced from Political Insider
By David Kamioner | January 11, 2020
President Donald Trump is often accused by the Left and the Dems of putting self before country.
They see a man who has been a success as a capitalist entrepreneur and, not understanding the slightest thing about free market capitalism, naturally assume his wealth emanates from selfish motives.
But what kind of self-obsessed man would forego a better defense in the case of his life to protect successors, Republican and Democrat (and Lord knows what else), that will come from generations unseen?
That is just what the president is doing when he invokes executive privilege in the strategy for his upcoming trial in front of the U.S. Senate.
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He knows that the testimony of administration officials past and present like former National Security Adviser John Bolton, former Energy Secretary Rick Perry, White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would go a long way to casting the charges made against him into the rubbish bin where they belong.
But Donald Trump also knows that Dems would stop at nothing, including compromising national security by publicly questioning those potential witnesses about sensitive data, to convict him in the upper chamber of the legislative branch.
Thus he will not permit them to testify, by using his presidential prerogative of executive privilege, to protect the nation.
He at the same time protects his successors who may in the future have to stop similar fanatics of any party who would in their partisan zeal bring the pillars of government crashing down on all.
Trump isn’t the first president to use executive privilege. Nixon used it, in the end unsuccessfully.
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Ironically the same Dems who slam Trump for it now seem to forget that their sainted President Bill Clinton used it fourteen times (yes, 14), in 1998 when a federal judge ruled some of his aides could be called to give evidence in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
They think their caterwauling on the subject will do them good in a court. They are likely mistaken.
Another example of leftist negotiating strategy: What’s mine is mine. What’s yours is negotiable.
This is one of many facets of the senate trial that will be soon be before us.
It will commence perhaps as early as next week or the week following. The nation waits for it, as it waits for the inevitable acquittal, and the resumption of effective government.
This piece originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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