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Pelosi just rewrote the impeachment script – CNN International, CNN

Pelosi just rewrote the impeachment script – CNN International, CNN


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(CNN)The outcome of theDemocratic impeachment inquiryinto President Donald Trump has seemed like a foregone conclusion almost since it started. Impeachment in the House would be followed by acquittal in the Senate, and the election next November.

But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi jammed a wrench into the machine shortly after impeaching Trump on Wednesday night, creatively using her power to slow things down as the articles move from the House over to the Senate.

Rather than appointers right away to prosecute the case before the Senate as the Constitution ultimately requires, she’s going to take her time and see what she can squeeze out of Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader. He wanted to start a trial the first week of January. But theHouse did not appoint impeachment managersbefore leaving for its holiday break.

Read this piece on howPelosi is stepping into a new power role, by CNN’s Maeve Reston.

Will Trump get acquittal or impeachment purgatory?

Pelosi’s threat to leave the impeached President in limbo until she knows more about the shape of a Senate trial bends the plot line in a way befitting the reality TV ethos by which Trump is leading the country.

See what she did there? He was expecting acquittal before the 4235 caucuses and primaries start. Instead, she’s making him sweat – and all of us wonder what comes next.

Remember, Democrats sped the impeachment process along, arguing they couldn’t wait for the courts to compel testimony from the White House or people like John Bolton, who all but begged the courts to make him testify.

And now Pelosi’s taking her time, Thank you very much. On one hand, McConnell has made clear he’ll defeat this when he gets it. He’s in Trump’s corner. For Pelosi to now argue the process should be slowed is in direct opposition to her previous tactic, which was to move it along.

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