Dershowitz: Senate doesn’t have to wait for Pelosi to stop playing games with impeachment to proceed

McConnell really can't just sit back and do nothing

By Jon Dougherty

(TNS) Whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) got rolled by her far-Left base into approving the unpopular impeachment of President Donald Trump or not makes no difference at this point: The deed is done and it cannot be undone.

But now that two articles of impeachment have been returned only by Democrats in the House (not a single Republican voted in favor), Pelosi has essentially lost control over the process.

She doesn’t think she has, mind you, which is why she refused to transmit the articles to the Senate, as per the Constitution. That is a mere technicality, however, and according to a growing number of constitutional scholars, that may not matter.

Count Harvard Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz among them.

According to Dershowitz:

I believe that the Senate need not wait for articles of impeachment to be transmitted. Senators are empowered by the constitution to begin a trial now — with or without further action by the House. Just as the House has the “sole power of impeachment,” so too the Senate has the “sole power to try all impeachments.”

[Laurence] Tribe and the Democratic House majority, led by Speaker Pelosi, want to have their constitutional cake and eat it too: they want Trump impeached but not acquitted. Sorry, but the Constitution does not permit that partisan, result-oriented ploy. Either Trump has been impeached and is entitled to a Senate trial; or he has not been impeached and is entitled to a clean slate.

So there are only two constitutionally viable alternatives: either Pelosi must announce that Trump has not been impeached; or the Senate must initiate a trial. Preserving the status quo indefinitely — Trump remaining impeached without having a trial — is unconstitutional and should not be tolerated by the American people.

Again, Dershowitz is only the latest constitutional scholar to hold this opinion.

According to Prof. Noah Feldman, a Leftist law school professor Democrats called before their sham impeachment inquiry last month, the president isn’t formally impeached until the House of Representatives transmits the articles of impeachment to the Senate for trial.

He writes in Bloomberg:

According to the Constitution, impeachment is a process, not a vote.

If the House does not communicate its impeachment to the Senate, it hasn’t actually impeached the president. If the articles are not transmitted, Trump could legitimately say that he wasn’t truly impeached at all.”

And Bradley A. Blakeman, an adjunct professor of public policy and international affairs at Georgetown University and a Fox News contributor, said in a piece for The Hill that there isn’t even a need for a Senate trial. He laid out five possible scenarios and courses of action he believes the Senate can take, even without Pelosi ‘transmitting’ the articles to the Senate.

Those options include not having a trial at all.

RedState notes that current Senate rules from 1986 require the upper chamber to immediately set a trial date once impeachment articles are presented. However, as Dershowitz notes, that’s not in the Constitution and can change as the Senate decides.



What seems obvious to us is that no matter how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell proceeds, he certainly must proceed because if he does not, then Pelosi and Democrats not only get their political victory, but they will have corrupted the constitutional impeachment process, perhaps permanently.

If McConnell doesn’t act, then Pelosi will have succeeded in the House dictating the impeachment process to the Senate, which, as Dershowitz has opined, is unconstitutional.

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boyd
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boyd

ALL McCONNELL NEEDS TO DO IS GIVE THE HOUSE A DATE TO DELIVER THE PAPERS THEY HAVE DRAWN UP FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE SENATE AND IF THEY ARE NOT DELIVERED BY THEN ANYTHING THE HOUSE HAS WRITTEN IN THOSE PAPERS IS CONSIDERED NULL AND VOID, AND TRUMP IS EXONERATED BY SUCH NULLIFICATION, WITH ALL RECORDS OF THE FAKE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL BEING STRICKEN FROM THE RECORDS (THAT MEANS NO ASTERISKS NANCY).

Christian Gains
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Christian Gains

FAR,FAR, TOO FEW realize that this “[HOAX]” impeachment is TOTALLY based upon the DEMS deepest desire to DESTROY AMERICA as it was intended to be; but RATHER, they SEEK to UTTERLY CREATE A COMMUNIST STATE!

The (“Communist”) DEMS hate BOTH the “DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE” as well as the U.S. CONSTITUTION! DO NOT DOUBT THAT FOR A SECOND!!

Everett Miller
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Everett Miller

The House impeached Trump–I watched it on TV just like you. Nothing in the Constitution requires “managers” to “take” anything to the Senate. McConnell can open the Trial, read the 2 Articles of Impeachment into the record, read Trump’s brilliant 6 page response into the record, demand that the Senators running or having run for Dem POTUS nomination recuse themselves (Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York Senator Kamala Harris of California); Call for a… Read more »

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The Prisoner

Mitch is all for Mitch and his precious corrupt senate. He is not a courageous or intelligent leader. He lets others act then he reacts. He has been dealt a good hand here, with the dems making complete fools of himself. The most he will do is play hero for himself, not for Trump. He had 3 years to prevent this nonsense, did nothing.

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