Graham Checkmates Pelosi on Impeachment: She 'Will NOT Take Over the Senate'
House speaker is currently holding up the impeachment articles
Currently, Pelosi is holding up the impeachment articles in the House to try to gain leverage over the Senate.
But Lindsey Graham said the GOP controlled Senate has plenty of options for Pelosi.
“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,” Graham said
“Well, we’re not going to let Nancy Pelosi use the rules of the Senate to her advantage," Graham continued.
"This is dangerous to the presidency as an institution,” he added.
“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," Sen. Graham continued.
"They’re trying to hold these articles over the head of the president," he argued.
“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.”
“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 to be delivered to the Senate so we can start the trial, invite the House over to participate if they would like,” he said.
"If they don’t come, dismiss the case and get on with governing the country.”
According to a report from The AP:
Graham suggested that GOP patience is wearing thin over Pelosi’s delay.
“My goal is to start this trial in the next coming days, not let Nancy Pelosi take over the Senate,” he said.
Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said it was up to Pelosi to decide when to release the articles, but “I don’t think it’s going to be indefinite.”
“The desire is to get a commitment from the Senate that they’re going to have a fair trial,” he said.
A top McConnell ally, former aide Josh Holmes, said Democrats have little to gain by dragging out the process.
Most expect the Senate will ultimately vote to acquit the president, and Trump will not be removed from office.
“This ends only one way, and that’s when she sends the papers over without any kind of preconditions,” Holmes said.