Karl Rove blasted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for refusing to turn articles of impeachment over to the Senate in a way that would allow a “dignified conclusion” for the American people.
Rove, who was a White House adviser under President George W. Bush, penned an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal in which he condemned how Pelosi handled the impeachment of President Trump, especially her decision to hold onto the articles until the Senate offers trial terms acceptable to House Democrats. He explained that there’s always “friction” between the two chambers of Congress but claimed that Pelosi has made it significantly worse.
“There are always tensions between the House and the Senate, even when the same party controls both chambers,” Rove wrote. “Each views the other, and its rules, procedures and attitudes, with some disdain. But the normal friction between the bodies has increased since the House began its effort to impeach President Trump.”
Rove, 69, blasted Pelosi for “attempting to intrude” on the Senate in a way that those who framed the Constitution never intended. He claimed that her assumption that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would be unfair was unfounded because the Kentucky Republican already announced that he intends to follow the same trial rules used during Bill Clinton’s impeachment in 1999. That set of rules passed unanimously with the support of senators such as current Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Rove said that Schumer has become Pelosi’s “puppet,” adding, “That’s never a good thing for any senator, even if the representative in question is the speaker.”
He also criticized Pelosi for claiming that she needed to rush impeachment in the House because of the “threat” Trump posed to the 2020 elections, only to hold the ball at the end of the game.
“Suddenly, however, Mrs. Pelosi wants to hurry up and wait,” Rove wrote. “She’s content to let this national security ‘threat’ linger in the Oval Office until she gets her way.”
He concluded his argument by warning Americans not to accept Pelosi’s “circus.”
“Americans deserve a dignified conclusion to impeachment, as the Senate gave them with Mr. Clinton in 1999. Impeachment always inflicts trauma on the nation. We can accept that,” Rove wrote. “What the country shouldn’t accept is a continuation of this Democrat-led circus.”
Author: Madison Dibble
Source: Washington Examiner: Bush adviser rips Pelosi for not giving Trump the same ‘dignified’ impeachment as Clinton