Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Wednesday, Jan. 8, that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) prolonged impeachment delay is loosing support from her fellow congressional Democrats and predicted the Senate will take up the process next week.
“Hats off to [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell for playing this very well. We’ll take the trial up next week,” Graham said during an interview with Fox News’s Sean Hannity.
“You said it was urgent; if you believe it to be urgent, send it to the Senate for disposition,” Graham said, referencing to Pelosi. “She’s losing Democrats in the Senate. The impeachment dam of Nancy Pelosi is about to crack.”
Although House Democrats voted to impeach President Donald Trump on Dec. 18, Pelosi has withheld the transmission of the articles to the Senate an effort to extract favorable terms including demanding Democrat-sought witnesses. In a letter released on Tuesday, Jan. 7, she deepened the impasse with McConnell by calling on him to release the resolution laying out the rules of the trial.
“It is important that he immediately publish this resolution, so that, as I have said before, we can see the arena in which we will be participating, appoint managers, and transmit the articles to the Senate,” Pelosi wrote.
Across the Capitol, Senate Democrats began to get impatient over Pelosi’s delay and said it’s time for the speaker to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate.
“I respect the fact that she is concerned about the fact about whether or not there will be a fair trial. But I do think it is time to get on with it,” Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), told Politico.
“Time plays an unknown role in all of this, and the longer it goes on, the less the urgency becomes. So if it’s serious and urgent, it should come over. If it isn’t, don’t send it over,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Roughly a dozen of GOP senators on Monday introduced a resolution to change the Senate’s rules that would allow them to dismiss articles of impeachment for lack of prosecution if the House declines to transmit it.
Meanwhile, Graham also plans to submit a resolution urging Pelosi to send the articles “immediately,” according to the NBC News.
A draft of Graham’s resolution said Pelosi’s tactic “is a flagrant violation of the separation of powers expressly outlined in the bicameral impeachment process under the Constitution of the United States.”