Nancy Pelosi’s unprecedented gamble of holding fire on Trump’s impeachment is paying off in spades

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made an unprecedented and risky call when she held off on forwarding articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate last month.
It sparked a political firestorm, and in the weeks since she has been criticized heavily.
But it looks like Pelosi’s gamble paid off.
Since she decided to delay the process, there have been at least 10 developments that have raised the stakes of the impeachment trial and forced the GOP into a corner.
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As soon as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi decided last month to withhold the transmission of articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, critics asked whether it would be worth the risk.

The California Democrat made a historically unprecedented decision when she refused to transmit the articles to the Senate, the process which triggers an impeachment trial.

Pelosi’s move came after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and several other Republican senators indicated that they were not only working hand-in-glove with the White House ahead of the trial, but that they would not bring witnesses in to testify.

In response, Pelosi withheld the articles of impeachment, freezing the process while Democrats and Republicans duked it out over the terms of the trial.

Last week, Pelosi finally announced that she would transmit the articles, after McConnell modified his position by saying that the Senate would decide whether to call witnesses after it received the articles.

Republicans reacted by declaring victory, arguing that Pelosi had still essentially gained nothing.

But a closer look at the timeline of events over the last several weeks paints a different picture. In fact, there have been at least 10 major developments since last month that dramatically raised the stakes of Trump’s impeachment trial and forced congressional Republicans into a tighter box.

The House voted to impeach Trump on December 18. A lot has happened since then:

On December 21, the Center for Public Integrity obtained new documents showing that Mike Duffey, an official in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), sent an email ordering a hold on military aid to Ukraine only 91 minutes after Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. He requested that the recipients of his email keep the directive “closely held to those who need to know” because of “the sensitive nature of the request.”
On December 26, cracks began forming in the Senate GOP ranks. Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said in an interview she was “disturbed” by McConnell’s declaration that he was working in “total coordination” with the White House ahead of Trump’s trial.

“We have to take that step back from being hand-in-glove with the defense,” she said. 

On December 29, The New York Times reported that Trump’s acting chief of staff and the head of OMB, Mick Mulvaney, was deeply involved in the administration’s efforts to freeze Ukraine’s military aid since as early as June 2019.

Mulvaney’s actions sparked alarm from other officials, like his aide Robert Blair. In response to an email from …read more

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