House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has yet to send the articles of impeachment her chamber voted on to the Senate for a trial, leading a number of senators to call on Pelosi to either submit them immediately or not send them at all.
One of these senators was Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley (R), who introduced a resolution to dismiss the articles of impeachment if House Democrats continue to withhold them. While Hawley and other Senate Republicans are seeking an outright dismissal, a number of Democratic senators — including California Sen. Dianne Feinstein — are asking for the delay to end and for the trial to begin.
On Wednesday, Feinstein broke from her fellow San Francisco Democrat in the House, telling reporters the delay makes the impeachment case against President Trump seem less urgent.
"The longer it goes on the less urgent it becomes," Feinstein said, according to Politico. "So if it’s serious and urgent, send them over. If it isn’t, don’t send it over."
Laura Litvan of Bloomberg News shared that Feinstein directly referenced Pelosi, stating “If we’re going to do it, she should send them over. I don’t see what good delay does.”
Politico also reported that several other Senate Democrats, including Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Jon Tester of Montana, and Chris Coons of Delaware, agreed with Feinstein.
Pelosi has withheld the articles from the Senate over fears that the Senate trial will not include witnesses. On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated he has the votes to begin the trial as soon as the articles of impeachment are submitted.