Nancy Pelosi appeared on ABC News on Sunday. During the interview, she called out the Senate and had a stern reminder for Donald Trump.
Pelosi told George Stephanopoulos that she has absolutely no regrets about her decision to withhold the articles of impeachment from the Senate. She also added that Democrats had great concerns about how the GOP led Senate would conduct Trump’s impeachment trial.
“The president is impeached for life, regardless of any gamesmanship on the part of Mitch McConnell. There is nothing the Senate can do to ever erase that,” Pelosi reminded Trump.
Pelosi also spoke openly about McConnell’s statements that he was planning on following the precedent set in Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial in the 1990s.
“President Clinton allowed the witnesses to come forward. President Trump has not allowed that” Pelosi stated. “The evidence was all there, it was just a question of bringing it to the forefront.”
Back in December, McConnell told Sean Hannity that he planned on coordinating the Senate trial with the White House. His statements raised major concerns about whether the Senate would host a fair trial.
Democrats are not alone in their concerns. Some Republicans including Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski spoke out last month and stated that she hoped to see a “full and fair process,” but she had doubts due to McConnell’s statements.
“When I heard that I was disturbed,” Murkowski said about McConnell’s statements. “To me, it means that we have to take that step back from being hand in glove with the defense, and so I heard what leader McConnell had said, I happened to think that that has further confused the process.”
Murkowski added that at this point she was still uncertain how she would vote.
“For me to prejudge and say there’s nothing there or on the other hand, he should be impeached yesterday, that’s wrong, in my view, that’s wrong.”
Trump is only the third president in American history to be impeached. Chances are great that Trump will not be removed from office. It will take two-thirds majority vote and Republicans hold the majority of seats in the Senate.