In an interview with Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo on Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said the Senate’s patience with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was quickly running out. In revealing new remarks, Graham said that if Pelosi hadn’t transmitted articles of impeachment to the upper chamber by this weekend, it might be time for the Senate to “take matters in our own hands” and cut the House out of the process altogether.
In the latest sign that Pelosi’s gambit to “pressure” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell into making concessions has failed, Graham suggested that it might be time for Senate Republicans to take drastic measures.
“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.
Of course, when Graham said that’s what he “would” do, he’s pretty much saying that’s what he “will” do, since he’s in the exact position that he’s theorizing about. And as head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Graham has the attention and sway with the majority leader that he needs to make something like this happens. He also, of course, has the ear and support of President Trump, so we can assume that the White House would also back this strategy. It would raise ire from the Democrats, of course, but at this point – who gives a damn?
Asked how long he would wait before going to McConnell with this plan, Graham said, “Days. Not weeks.”
Ball’s back in your court, Nancy.
Truth is, Pelosi has turned a fiasco impeachment into a blatantly partisan stunt. Until she concocted this delay, she could at least argue that House Democrats had followed a constitutional path to impeachment, even if it bore little resemblance to any impeachment this country has ever seen. Upon initiating this game of withholding the articles from the Senate, she officially abandoned any constitutional grounding she might have once had. It’s time for the Senate to set things right.
“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,” Graham said. “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.”
Enough’s enough. If Pelosi wants her Democrats to try the case in the Senate, let’s get it going. If she doesn’t, that’s fine too. Dismiss this nonsense case, and let’s move forward as if this phony impeachment never happened.