House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi made a tactical decision not to immediately deliver the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate, in hopes of adding pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to call witnesses. Two key witnesses were former National Security Advisor John Bolton and Director of Office of Management and Budget, Mike Mulvaney. I did not think either would actually appear if subpoenaed.
McConnell said on the floor: “Some House Democrats imply they are withholding the articles for some kind of ‘leverage’ so they can dictate the Senate process to senators. I admit, I’m not sure what ‘leverage’ there is in refraining from sending us something we do not want!”
Did Pelosi’s ploy fail? Maybe not. McConnell needs a majority of Senators to vote for the impeachment rules. There are only 51 Republican senators. So, McConnell needs all Republicans to be in agreement on the rules. He will be not be negotiating with Pelosi but members of his own party. The Senate will re-convene on January 7, 2020 and there will intense pressure to get the impeachment done. The outcome is a foregone conclusion. The Republicans will claim victory, and the Democrats will claim a totally sham Senate trial.
Pelosi’s tactic may backfire, if this drags out. Trump will not waste a minute in shifting attention to the Nancy Pelosi as the one who is obstructing justice. As least his kind of justice. It will be followed by a chorus of Republicans.
The evidence Trump is very strong. But, this must be decided in November by voters.