“We think her case is going nowhere,“ a White House official said of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment case on “Fox News Sunday.”
The House approved two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Wednesday. Since then, Pelosi has indicated she won’t send the impeachment articles to the Senate until it’s clear what procedures will be followed in the Senate’s impeachment trial.
Marc Short, the chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, said Sunday, “Her position is really untenable.”
Short, who previously served as Trump‘s director of legislative affairs, added: “She will yield. There’s no way she can hold this position.“
Democrats want to be able to call witnesses during the Senate’s impeachment trial, something they hope will keep the Republicans from dispensing with the whole matter in rapid-fire fashion. The Senate is expected to acquit Trump.
“I don‘t know when they became so certain about due process after trampling the president’s rights,” Short told host Chris Wallace. He referenced the rules by which the 1999 Senate trial of President Bill Clinton were held, saying that Democrats had previously expressed an interest in using those for the Trump trial.
Speaking also on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Short again called Pelosi’s position “really untenable“ and said the White House just wants this all to end.
“The American people are tired of the sham,“ he told host Chuck Todd. “They’re tired of this whole thing. We’re anxious to get back to the work of the American people. So, you know, to the extent that there’s a prolonged trial, we’re not anxious for that.“
In response to Short’s “Fox News Sunday” statements, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) said Pelosi’s stance was not unreasonable.
“All people are doing is making sure it is a fair trial,” Dingell told Wallace.