On Wednesday, the House Democratic majority officially transmitted two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate, but some members are continuing their investigations into his conduct.
“Plainly, there are loose ends here that the House should have tied up and that, importantly, the House is continuing to investigate,” former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Andrew McCarthy wrote in an editorial last week.
McCarthy, who currently serves as the senior fellow at National Review Institute and a National Review contributing editor, suggested that the Senate delay the impeachment trial of the president until the House finishes its work.
Under the Constitution, by transmitting the articles of impeachment to the Senate, that should have ended any further related House probes related to them.
However, some Democrats in the House are refusing to let go of their inquiries, claiming that there is more evidence to uncover.
In a press release issued on the day before Pelosi transmitted the articles to the Senate, House leaders who had conducted the impeachment inquiry against the president admitted they are continuing to investigate him despite having returned the articles of impeachment last month.
“Since the House voted to impeach President Trump, we have continued our investigation so the House Managers can present to the Senate the most complete factual record possible before the trial on the Articles of Impeachment,” the the chairmen of the House Committees on Oversight and Reform, Foreign Affairs, and Intelligence, in a joint statement.
“Despite the President’s unprecedented and sweeping obstruction of our impeachment inquiry, we have continued to collect additional evidence relevant to the President’s scheme to abuse his power by pressing Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election for the President’s benefit,” the statement said.
In December, after the House on a straight Democrat Party-line vote returned two articles of impeachment against Trump — for abuse of office and obstruction of Congress — Pelosi said it was a matter of national security.
But then she held onto the articles for nearly month, confounding constitutional experts and drawing the ire of Republicans who control the Senate.
The president’s trial is expected to begin in the upper chamber on Tuesday.