By delaying sending articles of impeachment to the Senate after the House approved them, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has committed “another brazen unconstitutional act,” constitutional scholar and nationally-syndicated radio host Mark Levin said Thursday.
“Pelosi’s unilaterally sitting on the impeachment. This is another brazen unconstitutional act,” Levin tweeted in the first of four posts commenting on Pelosi’s declaration that she may not send the impeachment articles to the Senate unless Republicans meet her demands:
“Nancy Pelosi was apparently advised by leftwing Harvard law professor Lawrence Tribe to delay sending the impeachment to the Senate. So she’s unilaterally sitting on the impeachment. This is another brazen unconstitutional act.”
Levin proposed a strategy for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY): respond to Pelosi’s unconstitutional unilateral action with a constitutionally-authorized unilateral move of his own:
“Here’s what Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans must do in response: The Senate has the sole power under the Constitution to adjudicate an impeachment. Therefore, Pelosi is attempting to obstruct the Senate’s power to act on its constitutional authority.”
“McConnell should immediately put an end to this and declare the impeachment null and void as the speaker has failed to complete the impeachment process by timely sending it to the Senate for adjudication.”
McConnell has at least as much authority to act unilaterally as Pelosi does, and he must do so by declaring the impeachment “null and void” in order to thwart the speaker’s ploy to hurt Trump and “blackmail the Senate,” Levin wrote:
“McConnell has no less authority to unilaterally make such a decision than Pelosi does to withhold the administrative notification of an impeachment to the Senate either indefinitely or w/ conditions. Her effort to cripple the presidency & blackmail the Senate must be defeated.”