Sen. Mike Lee said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s gambit to possibly delay a Senate impeachment trial will eventually have little to zero impact on the eventual outcome.
Lee, who is part of a group of Senators advising the White House on how to approach the upcoming impeachment trial, was a guest on Fox News Thursday night. Former Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz, who was guest hosting the Hannity program, asked Lee what happens if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi follows through with her threat to delay sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate.
“What happens is nothing,” said Lee. “It lands with a thud. It’s like a tree that falls in the forest with no one there to hear it. I do not understand why she did what she did, but it makes no sense.”
Pelosi said she would not immediately appoint House managers for an impeachment trial in the Senate over fears the process would not be fair.
“We haven’t seen anything that looks fair to us,” said Pelosi following the impeachment vote on Wednesday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has boasted he is coordinating the trial with President Trump’s attorneys and has repeatedly said Trump would be acquited.
Lee speculated Pelosi is using the delay tactics to forestall the inevitable.
“Nancy Pelosi is doing this because she’s scared to death. This thing is a gigantic hobgoblin for her. She’s freaked out by it and does not want to entrust us with conducting a trial. Why? She knows it will end very badly for her,” he said.