(NewsReady.com) – With the Senate impeachment hearings expected to start next Tuesday and the president’s State of the Union address on February 4, the two events could conflict with each other.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) attempted to extend an olive branch to President Trump by stating that he could delay the State of the Union until after the impeachment trial wraps up if he so chooses.
“That’s up to the president,” Pelosi told reporters.
She also suggested that Trump could choose not to show up for the address at all and submit it on paper. That was a regular practice in America’s early days.
Pelosi went on to clarify her stance on the matter:
Q: "Do you think it would be appropriate to delay the State of the Union until after the impeachment trial…?"@SpeakerPelosi: "It's up to the president. The president has some options; he can come that day…he could send a printed copy…or he could ask us to postpone it." pic.twitter.com/tiXaFiSfAj
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 16, 2020
“The president has some options. It can come that day, and we are prepared to welcome him that day. He could send a printed copy, which was for a long time the tradition … or he could ask us to postpone it if, in fact, he wants to have it after all of this is resolved. But the timing of the investigation, of the trial of the president for obstructing Congress and abuse of power, should not be hastened because of a speech he wants to make to the Congress of the United States.”
Rudy Guiliani, Trump’s lawyer, took to Twitter with a quote from former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee.
“Even Democrats are turning on Nancy Pelosi for her mishandling of the impeachment sham. Look forward to @realDonaldTrump being vindicated by the Senate and declaring victory at his State of the Union in front of Pelosi and the American people in a few weeks.” @SarahHuckabee
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) January 9, 2020
President Trump has not indicated that he has any plans to delay his speech.
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