McCarthy: Dems Should Ask Biden, Other Non-Senators to Stop Campaigning During Impeachment Trial

By Susan Jones | January 14, 2020 | 11:17am EST
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)  (Photo: Screen capture))
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) (Photo: Screen capture))

( - At a meeting Tuesday morning with her fellow Democrats, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "indicated" that two articles of impeachment will be transmitted to the Senate “at some point tomorrow," Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) told a news conference a short time later.

Between now and then, the individual impeachment mangers will be named, Jeffries said.

The impeachment trial will pull four Senate Democrats off the 2020 presidential campaign trail, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar and Michael Bennet.

At a news conference of his own Tuesday morning, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Pelosi gained "nothing" by withholding the articles for almost one month, after claiming such urgency to get them passed.

And while Pelosi gained nothing, the only possible winners "would be anyone who's running for president that's not in the U.S. Senate," McCarthy said.

"With Iowa quickly upon us, in early February, those four senators who are running for president will now no longer have a voice. Interesting to me if I'd see the Democrat National Committee ask those who are not senators to not campaign while the others cannot.

"I know what happened four years ago," McCarthy said, pointing to the Democrat Party's plot in 2016 to stymie Sen. Bernie Sanders’ nomination prospects to clear the way for Hillary Clinton.

McCarthy first suggested on Sunday that Pelosi deliberately delayed sending the impeachment case to the Senate to hurt Sanders and boost Joe Biden.

"Sen. Sanders actually has a chance to win, but not now that Nancy Pelosi's held these documents,” McCarthy said on Tuesday.

“There was nothing gained. It goes against everything she said. But you look at the true political nature of why: to harm one campaign and give a benefit to another.

“The only rightful thing for Joe Biden is to make a pledge not to campaign when Bernie Sanders cannot, after what the Democrat National Committee had done to his campaign a few short years ago."

"We will not take political advice from Kevin McCarthy," Jeffries said on Tuesday.

Jeffries, the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, also defended Pelosi's decision to withhold the articles of impeachment for so long "to make sure there was a fair trial in the Senate."

"And so the Speaker's decision has created space for individuals like (Republican Sens.) Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski and most recently Mitt Romney to publicly and expressly say that individuals like John Bolton should testify if the Senate is going to conduct a fair trial.

“So we are three-quarters of the way to seeing a fair and comprehensive trial in the Senate as it relates to Donald Trump's abuse of power,” Jeffries said.

“That alone was a tremendous objective that has been accomplished. Because what Mitch McConnell apparently wanted to do was to move immediately to dismiss any impeachment articles that we sent over."


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