WH press secretary won’t commit to pushing Congress over impeachment

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In her first briefing, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki Wednesday would not say whether President Joe Biden would press Congress to set aside its push to impeach predecessor Donald Trump, despite a call for unity in his inaugural address.

“He is going to leave it to members of Congress to carry out their constitutional duty and determine what the path forward is and what the mechanisms are going to be what the process will be and what the timeline will be,” Psaki said in a bob-and-weave answer in the White House briefing room.

Psaki, a veteran of the Obama White House and a former CNN contributor, dodged the question of timing twice at the briefing.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has not transmitted a single article of impeachment to the Senate, as is required to trigger the Senate trial. Some Democrats argue that there should be a delay in sending the article to avoid distracting from President Biden’s early legislative agenda.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki Holds News Briefing On President's Biden Inauguration DayWhite House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks in the James S Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, after the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United StatesJen Psaki

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