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Will Pelosi try to delay a Senate impeachment trial?

The following is an excerpt from Blaze Media’s Capitol Hill Brief email newsletter:

Last night, the outcome that most observers have been expecting since election night 2018 came to fruition: The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump in a pair of mostly party-line votes with very few defections from Democrats.

Now, the next step in this whole process is expected to be a Senate trial, but there are some questions about when that’s going to happen, following reports that House Democrats might delay things.

At a news conference following the impeachment votes, Speaker Nancy Pelosi wouldn’t commit to sending the approved articles over to the Senate, citing fairness concerns about the trial process in the upper chamber. “So far we haven’t seen anything that looks fair to us,” the speaker said. “That would’ve been our intention, but we’ll see what happens over there.”

This comes as some Democrats have reportedly been pushing Pelosi to withhold the articles as leverage for getting concessions on more Democrat-friendly trial terms. Rep. Earl Blumenauer has even gone so far as to argue that it would give the House more time to continue investigating the president.

Of course, given the capricious impeachment process that the American people have watched unfold in the House over the last few months, a dispute over actually sending the matter to the Senate almost seems like a fitting bookend.

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