The House Democrats have been holding onto the articles of impeachment for weeks now. It’s time for this sideshow to come to an end and the Senate is looking to do something about it quickly.
Senator Lindsey Graham feels like they’ve waited long enough for Nancy Pelosi to turn over the articles and rightly so.
Graham said that if the House continues to refuse to hand the articles over soon he’s going to circumvent their role in the impeachment.
During an interview with Maria Bartiromo, Sen. Graham said,
“We’ll use the Clinton model, where you take the record established in the House, let the House managers appointed by Pelosi make the argument, let the president make his argument why the two articles are flawed, and then we’ll decide whether we want witnesses. But this should be done in a couple of weeks.”
“I find it a political stunt for Nancy Pelosi not to send the articles over. Mitch McConnell is not going to let her run the Senate trial. Her time is over. It is now time for the Senate to dispose of these impeachment articles with a trial in Senate.”
Bartiromo then asked how they were going to speed up the process.
“Well, we’re not going to let Nancy Pelosi use the rules of the Senate to her advantage. This is dangerous to the presidency as an institution. They impeached the president, but the speaker of the House is holding the articles back, trying to extort from the majority leader of the Senate a trial to her liking. They’re trying to hold these articles over the head of the president.”
“What I would do, if she continues to refuse to send the articles as required by the Constitution, I would work with Senator McConnell to change the rules of the Senate so we could start the trial without her, if necessary.”
Bartiromo then asked Sen. Graham, “How soon will you move to change the rules of the Senate?”
“Days, not weeks,” said Graham.
Bartiromo then asked how much more time the Senate is going to give the House.
“If we don’t get the articles this week, then we need to take matters in our own hands and change the rules. Deem them delivered to the Senate so we can start the trial. Invite the House to participate if they would like. If they don’t come, dismiss the case and get on with governing the country,” said Graham.
I think that the Republicans need to wait as long as it takes for Pelosi to hand over the articles so they don’t give the Democrats an out at complaining that the only reason he wasn’t removed from office was that they Senate bypassed the House or something to that extent.