Clearly peeved, the Speaker testily responded:
Well, he will not be acquitted. You cannot be acquitted if you don’t have a trial, and you don’t have a trial if you don’t have witnesses and documentation and that.
The Constitution is quite specific in stating the Senate holds sole authority to handle an impeachment trial after the House of Representatives has voted for and presented articles of impeachment.
The House managers who present the articles are doing so on the basis of the witnesses they had called previously and the evidence gathered then. A Senate trial is not the place to reopen a new investigation and generate new evidence. American jurisprudence just doesn’t work that way.
An acquittal is an acquittal. It is that simple. If and when the Senate acquits Trump, he will forever be acquitted.
That cannot stop the speaker and her colleagues from impeaching him again, but this one has been so destructive for their party that it just would not be wise.
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 30, 2020
Source: The Western Journal