[Ed. – A whole lot of wasted effort must have gone into this feeble attempt to make Pelosi’s inane decision appear sound.]
There were three primary reasons for the delay, according to the speaker.
First, she hoped to pressure Senate Republicans into accepting Democrats’ requests that witnesses be called in the trial.
“We wanted the public to see the need for witnesses, witnesses with firsthand knowledge of what happened,” Pelosi told This Week’s George Stephanopoulos.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was initially resistant to Democratic calls for witnesses — in fact, he reportedly privately spoke of the need to have a trial without witnesses — and was criticized by Democrats for saying he’d work “in total coordination with the White House counsel’s office” throughout the trial.
Pelosi wasn’t entirely successful in changing his mind on the issue of witnesses. … Whether this means the trial will actually have witnesses … remains to be seen. …