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Pelosi’s delay on impeachment articles pays off

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11.01.2020

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s strategic decision to delay forwarding the articles of impeachment to the U.S. Senate appears to have paid off. Oh, it won’t move Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has pledged “total coordination” with the Trump White House, to assure a fair trial. Fairness, let alone an appearance of such, just doesn’t concern him. This is the Senate leader who ignored all pretense of even-handedness when he blocked consideration of President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland for 293 days to allow incoming President Trump to fill the seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.

No, Pelosi was playing a longer game. She was calculating that time was on her side. And so it was.

Two significant pieces of evidence have emerged in the weeks since the House passage of two articles of impeachment. Former national security adviser John Bolton, who had balked at appearing in the House inquiry, has signaled his willingness to testify in a Senate trial. Bolton’s account of the withholding of the Trump administration’s military aid to Ukraine could be consequential. For one, he supposedly had direct conversations with the president about it. Moreover, his disdain for what he compared to a “drug deal” outside regular diplomatic channels was spelled out in sworn House testimony.

The other key development was the disclosure of secret emails that detailed........

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