House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler told CNN today that he has not spoken with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about delaying the transmittal of the articles of impeachment.
Asked if he believes they could withhold the articles as leverage, Nadler said, “I really don’t know.”
But Rep. Earl Blumenauer said he spoke with Pelosi a few days ago to delay the articles until the “appropriate time.” Democrats who support this approach argue they should be withheld until Senate Republicans agree to witness testimony.
“She said she’s thinking about it — she’s made no determination,” Blumenauer said of Pelosi.
Blumenauer said he has spoken with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries about this tactic — along with over three dozen other members.
“Everybody is interested,” Blumenauer said.
Pelosi's office has declined to say when the articles will be transmitted.