Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday urged the House, led by Democrat Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), to deliver the impeachment papers to the Senate this week to resume the process in Congress that seeks to remove President Donald Trump.
In an interview with Fox News, Graham called the actions of the speaker of the House, who withheld the impeachment articles after a vote was taken last December, a “political stunt.”
“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, if they don’t come, dismiss the case and get on with governing the country,” Graham said.
Graham also said in the interview that he expects the impeachment trial against President Trump to be completed by the end of January and that he would change the Senate rules “in days, not weeks” if Pelosi continues to hold up the articles.
The senator told reporter Maria Bartiromo, “They [Democrats] impeached the president, but the speaker of the House is holding the articles back, trying to extort from the Senate majority leader a trial to her liking. They’re trying to hold these articles over the head of the president,” according to BizPac Review.
So far legislators are stuck in the process, while Democratic Party members are concerned about the fairness of the process that will now take place in the Republican-majority Senate.
As CBS News has indicated, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), has requested four White House officials to include interim Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney among the witnesses in the next stage of the impeachment, although the request ended up being rejected by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
According to the media cited above, so far Pelosi has not indicated when she will transfer to the Senate the two articles that accuse the president of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
The House must first pass a resolution designating which of its members will act as administrators and prosecutors in the impeachment.