House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced on Thursday that the Senate will not be receiving any articles of impeachment until Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) agrees to hold a fair trial with witnesses.
Pelosi’s announcement caused McConnell to throw a fit on the Senate floor earlier Thursday. He accused Democrats of undermining the Constitution by impeaching Trump. He gave no indication that Republicans are backing down from their threat not to allow witnesses in Trump’s Senate trial.
But Pelosi had her own words for the Republican leader.
“Do you run the risk as Republicans have said that it seems like you’re playing games with impeachment if you hold onto these articles for too long?” CBS correspondent Nancy Cordes asked the Speaker during a press conference.
“I’ve said what I’m going to say,” Pelosi cautioned. “The trial, that is where you put the managers. I’m not prepared to put the managers in that bill yet because we don’t know the arena that we are in.”
“Frankly, I don’t care what the Republicans say,” the Speaker added.
Pelosi only took one more question on the subject of a Senate trial.
“We would hope there would be a fair process,” she said. “Just as we hoped they would honor the constitution. I heard some of what Mitch McConnell said today, it reminded me that when they wrote the Constitution, they suspected there could be a rogue president.”
“I don’t think they suspected we could have a rogue president and a rogue leader in the Senate at the same time,” Pelosi lamented.
Take a look at her comments in the video clip below: