“Don’t mess with Nancy” should be on bumper stickers all over Washington. 

Courtesy of Vice News:

Minutes after the House voted to impeach President Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) dropped a bombshell: She won’t send the articles of impeachment to the Senate until she feels they’ll get a fair hearing on the other side of Capitol Hill.

“We have legislation approved by the Rules Committee that will enable us to decide how we will send over the articles of impeachment,” Pelosi announced in a Wednesday night press conference. “We cannot name [impeachment] managers until we see what the process is on the Senate side.”

The move could delay a Senate trial — and is a move by House Democratic leaders to try to leverage their power to force Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to make concessions on how the trial will be run.

McConnell has been explicit that his only goal is to help Trump and the GOP, declaring on Tuesday that he’s “not an impartial juror” shortly after saying he was coordinating directly with the White House on impeachment strategy.

McConnell has refused Democrats’ demand to call witnesses in the Senate trial — a major departure from the bipartisan process embraced by the Senate during President Clinton’s impeachment trial. And he’s pushed to try to get through the impeachment trial as rapidly, with as little fanfare, as possible.

There really is no reason for Pelosi to send these articls over if McConnell is just going to dismiss them and Republicans are determined to vote that Trump did nothing wrong before even holding a hearing.