The news of the week is of course impeachment. But the real news is that Speaker Nancy Pelosi won’t send to the Senate the articles the House passed without the support of the full Democrat conference, and with both Democrats and Republicans uniting in voting ‘nay.’
This is astonishing because the House is attempting to dictate the rules of the Senate, and is effectively nullifying the votes by the Democrats that risked their reelection to trash the presidency of Donald Trump without evidence or provable crimes. Democrat members that voted for the articles should blame Pelosi and the extremist radicals in the party if they lose their seats in November.
That’s right, the House doesn’t want the Senate to hold the trial!
And that’s further the final proof that the impeachment votes were a sham to besmirch the duly elected president of the United States with the intent to harm his chances to be reelected–to try to interfere with the sanctity of the election.
The Senate can just do nothing. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would be entirely correct to simply announce that the impeachment vote was invalid and meaningless if they are too scared to send the articles to the Senate for trial. He can state that this is proof that President Donald Trump is innocent of both articles, just as might a judge if the prosecution doesn’t bother to show up at a trial.
The 24-hour news cycle will bury the House vote and people will forget. Indeed, a month from now, surveys might show only a minority of Americans believe the president was impeached.
There’s something else the Senate can do to discharge its constitutional responsibility.
Hold the trial and either immediately dismiss the charges or subpoena the entire cast of bad actors that created the phony dossier and authorized the illegal FISA espionage on the Trump campaign and beyond.
The Constitution does not require that the Senate patiently wait for Nancy Pelosi to walk the articles to them.
Article I, Section 3 specifies that “the Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments.”
That’s it! It does not specify the manner in which articles would be transmitted from the House to the Senate.
The articles have been passed by the House and published.
So call Pelosi’s puffed-up bluff. Convene the trial and swear in the Chief Justice.
Then hold an immediate vote to dismiss the charges or acquit the president.
This could be over and done in an hour, bringing a tremendous sigh of relief to a nation assaulted by the Democrats and media in a daily deluge of hostility against the duly elected president. President Trump, freed of the three-year assault by the Democrats and media can then more easily perform the vital duties of his office.
Let’s end the national nightmare and take away the Democrats’ toys.
Art Harman is the President of the Coalition to Save Manned Space Exploration, a space advocacy organization supporting the return to the moon by 2024. He was the Legislative Director and foreign policy advisor for Rep. Stockman (R-Texas) in the 113th Congress, and is a veteran policy analyst and grass-roots political expert. His expertise includes foreign relations, border security/amnesty, national security, transportation, foreign broadcasting and NASA/space policy.
He has travelled the world and been behind the Iron Curtain during the Soviet era, witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall, was arrested by the KGB, and stood in the footprints of those who sacrificed everything for freedom at Tiananmen Square.
Mr. Harman developed the strategy to kill the 2013 Senate “gang of eight” amnesty bill as violating the Constitution’s Origination Clause–and was dubbed “The Bill Killer” by Roll Call for his work. He provided policy advice to the Trump campaign, transition and the White House. He wrote what became the ‘bible’ for post-Brexit trade relations which was introduced in 2016 by Sen. Mike Lee as S. 3123, the United Kingdom Trade Continuity Act, and he advised the Trump administration to return Americans to the Moon by 2024–now official policy. Harman is a frequent guest expert on radio shows on key policy issues, an award-winning filmmaker, and an award-winning fine-arts photographer.