Most members of Congress in Washington D.C. have more an abundance of advisers, aides, and staff members to help them with any topic imaginable.
But some Congress members? Well, they turn to CNN for advice and ideas — including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
In a revelation reported by TIME Magazine, a top aide to Pelosi revealed that the Speaker’s controversial decision to delay sending the House-passed articles of impeachment to the U.S. Senate came from watching CNN contributor John Dean on December 5.
The aide said Pelosi watched the segment, liked Dean’s argument, and held a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill with senior Democrats to discuss the idea of stalling the impeachment articles.
“The rule empowers the Speaker to be able to decide how to send the articles over to the Senate,” Pelosi said at the meeting in reference to Dean’s CNN comments, according to the aide.
She took Dean’s idea and ran with it, believing that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would be pressured into moving.
“Somebody said to me today that he may not even take up what we send. (But) then (Trump) will never be vindicated,” Pelosi said, according to the aide in the room. “He will be impeached forever. Forever. No matter what the Senate does.”
The timeline here is crucial.
The Democrat-controlled House passed both articles — obstruction of Congress and abuse of power — against Trump on Dec. 18.
But on Dec. 5 — 13 days before Democrats even held a vote to impeachment the president — Pelosi had already gotten the idea of how she wanted to delay the process.
And she got this bizarre idea by watching a segment on CNN, the lowest-rated cable news network of them all.
But her plan backfired.
After three weeks of an unprecedented, never-before-seen impeachment stall, Pelosi announced that she would be putting New York Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler in charge of the articles and delivering them to the U.S. Senate on Monday.
The Senate impeachment trial will begin this week after nearly a month’s wait.
Democrats are complaining about McConnell possibly holding an unfair investigation, but that’s literally what Democrats just did for three months.
When Democrats hold Soviet-style trials and limit the other side from having any say at all — there’s no problem at all.
But before the impeachment trial likely moves into the Senate — Democrats are whining, issuing ridiculous demands, and already claiming the process is “rigged.”
Pelosi and Democrats shouted for months in front of every camera that Trump must be impeached to protect the country.
Now, they aren’t so urgent anymore. Pelosi is refusing to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate, which is her constitutional duty.
They have accused Trump of just about everything imaginable, and after months of wasting taxpayer dollars to hold impeachment hearings, they still can’t prove the president did anything wrong.
And McConnell has already revealed exactly what’s going to happen when the impeachment trial moves into the Senate.