Nancy Pelosi refused to formally submit impeachment documents to the Senate as a way of delaying the vote. Because in that way Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, the two progressives running for the presidency, would be forced to be Washington rather than in Iowa to campaign.
The Iowa caucus is on February 3rd. That’s about 2 weeks away. That means Sanders and Warren will be forced to be in Washington to vote in the Senate Impeachment trial. They will spend a significant amount of time not campaigning in Iowa. The darling of the Democratic establishment, Joe Biden, does not have that problem. He is no longer a U.S. Senator.
It will be the second time that the Democratic Party establishment used dirty tricks to prevent Bernie Sanders from winning the nomination:
It’s the fourth quarter. The game is close. And you are benched.
That could sum up the frustrations of four senators — two of them front-runners for the Democratic presidential nomination — who will be duty bound to leave the campaign trail next week to sit in judgment of President Trump.
The Senate impeachment trial is expected to begin as early as Jan. 24, less than two weeks before the all-important Iowa caucuses.
With members of the Senate serving as official jurors who will determine Mr. Trump’s guilt or innocence, three participants in Tuesday’s debate, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, must head back to Washington in the midst of the campaign.
That will leave little time for stumping in Iowa.
This appeared in Politico:
There are many ways Elizabeth Warren can continue her presidential campaign from Washington during President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial: Surrogates in Iowa, national TV appearances and on social media.
But while the Massachusetts senator has said for months that “some things are more important than politics” — like impeachment — she now admits that with three weeks to go before the Iowa caucuses, there’s simply no substitute for being there.
“Of course it matters,” Warren said in an interview this week. “We just did a 3½-hour selfie line. Don’t tell me it doesn’t matter to do face to face.”
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With the impeachment trial set to start next week, the standoff between the House and Senate on Trump’s impeachment trial has created a massive headache for the five senators running for president. Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Michael Bennet and Cory Booker can’t skip a historic impeachment trial for the campaign trail, and so they look set to be stuck in Washington during the climax of the race for Iowa and New Hampshire.
No Democrat will say it. But Kevin McCarthy obviously isn’t reluctant to speak the obvious truth. He wants to create dissension within the party. And when Bernie voters realize what is happening here there will be outrage. Especially if Sanders does not get the nomination:
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy insinuated that Speaker Nancy Pelosi may have delayed sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate to hurt 2020 White House hopefuls who serve in the body — specifically Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“Within her own leadership, there were questions about why she held them,” McCarthy said during a press conference on Capitol Hill Tuesday.
“If there’s anyone who gained from this, it’d be anybody who’s running for president that’s not in the US Senate. With Iowa quickly upon us in early February, those four senators who are running for president will now no longer have a voice.”
The impeachment trial, which is expected to begin next week, could last several weeks — when some of the most pivotal Democratic caucuses will be held.
McCarthy told reporters that the Democratic socialist “actually has a chance to win [the Democratic nomination]. But not now that Nancy Pelosi has held these documents.”
He added, “There was nothing gained [from withholding the articles],” he said, adding, “If you look at the true political nature of why,” it was “to harm one campaign and give a benefit to another.”
The California Republican went on to reference Sanders directly, discussing how he was treated by Democratic party leadership in his 2016 primary challenge against Hillary Clinton.
“I know what happened four years ago. Something no one thought would,” McCarthy said. “That the head of a complete party of the Democrat National Committee resigning the day before, actually the night before, the nominating convention. Why? Because emails came out to show that one of the main campaigners, Sen. Bernie Sanders, was cheated.”