Even some of the furthest-left Senators in the Democratic Party are urging their counterparts in the U.S. House to move along with the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump.
“The longer it goes on the less urgent it becomes,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), according to Politico. “So if it’s serious and urgent, send them over. If it isn’t, don’t send it over.”
Despite the fact that House Democrats called Trump an “imminent national security threat” during their impeachment process, they’ve slow-rolled the process after officially voting to impeach him in mid-December. They went on their holiday recess without turning over the articles of impeachment to the Senate, leading some legal scholars to say that Trump hasn’t officially been impeached.
At the time of this writing, Democrats still haven’t turned over those articles. What, exactly House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is waiting for remains a mystery, though there has been a lot of crowing about a “fair trial” in the Senate. Trump has been keen on noting that he did not get a fair shake during Pelosi’s House hearings.
“Pelosi gives us the most unfair trial in the history of the U.S. Congress, and now she is crying for fairness in the Senate, and breaking all rules while doing so. She lost Congress once, she will do it again!” he said on Twitter.
But Feinstein is not the only Senate Democrat ready to get on with the impeachment trial.
Several other Senate Democrats also showed their impatience with the Democratic leaders’ strategy. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said Wednesday morning that Democrats “should move on” and send the articles to the Senate, and Sen. Jon Tester of Montana said he’s “ready” for the trial to start.
“We need to get folks to testify and we need more information … but nonetheless, I’m ready,” Tester said. “I don’t know what leverage we have. It looks like the cake is already baked.”
“I respect the fact that she is concerned about the fact about whether or not there will be a fair trial. But I do think it is time to get on with it,” said Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.).
Vulnerable incumbent Democrat Senators are apparently feeling the heat, as their counterparts in the House did.
One of them, Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, even switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican in order to distance himself from impeachment ahead of his 2020 re-election bid.
Meanwhile, prominent Republican commentators like Mark Levin have called for the Senate to declare the impeachment “null and void,” based on the Democrats’ refusal to move forward.