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Democrats rushed to impeach and stopped

Democrats rushed to impeach President Donald John Trump on Wednesday night, voted to, and then decided to sit on actually impeaching him by refusing to transmit the impeachment to the Senate.

Stilton Jahrlsberg lampooned the rush to remove a "clear and present danger" but then holding up the impeachment until next year at the earliest.

Democrats adopted the strange strategy of Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe, who believes that by not transmitting the impeachment to the Senate, Nancy Pelosi can set the terms for trial.

But in playing this impeachment version of a government shutdown, Democrats undercut their argument that it is urgent to impeach and remove President Donald John Trump. If that were true, Democrats would have immediately transmitted the impeachment vote, which would set up the trial.

Nancy defended her hurry-up-and-wait approach to impeachment.

She told reporters, "Let me tell you what I don't consider a fair trial. This is what I don't consider a fair trial -- that Leader McConnell has stated that he's not an impartial juror, that he's going to take his cues, in quotes, from the White House, and he is working in total coordination with the White House counsel's office."

No one in the Senate is an impartial juror. They are elected officials beholden to their states. If the Founding Fathers had wanted am impartial jury, they would have said so in the Constitution, likely handing over the trial to the Supreme Court. They chose the Senate instead.

Renato Mariotti of Politico pointed out the obvious.

He wrote, "It took just 85 days for the House of Representatives to investigate and impeach President Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in the Ukraine matter. But after their historic vote on Wednesday, House Democrats are reportedly debating whether to hold back the articles of impeachment and delay a Senate trial indefinitely.

"That’s not how the impeachment process is supposed to work.

"Impeachment is a constitutional process to remove federal officials from office due to serious misconduct, not a high-stakes game of chicken."

And he wrote, "If the House refuses to transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate indefinitely, it will look as though they used the impeachment process to make a political statement rather than as a tool to remove the president from office due to serious misconduct. There is little doubt that the framers of the Constitution intended for impeachment to be used for removal, not political leverage."

Democrats say the House impeached President Trump.

OK, when does the trial begin?

Democrats cannot have it both ways.

Meanwhile, the odds of impeachment and removal dropped to 9.3%. On December 1, 2018, they were at 56.2%.

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