President TrumpDonald John TrumpClyburn to White House: ‘I am not going to be intimidated’ Trump to headline event for evangelicals in the new year Brazil’s Bolsonaro says Trump won’t pursue steel, aluminum tariffs MORE‘s allies in the House and Senate blasted Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump blasts ‘unfair’ impeachment, ‘extreme leftists’ in speech to young conservatives Sunday shows preview: 2020 race heats up as impeachment moves to Senate Global health is the last bastion of bipartisan foreign policy MORE (D-Calif.) Sunday morning for delaying sending the House’s articles of impeachment to the Senate for trial.
Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntSunday shows preview: 2020 race heats up as impeachment moves to Senate Uncertainty hangs over Trump impeachment trial GOP leadership: Initial phase of impeachment trial could run two weeks MORE (R-Mo.) said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that “frankly, I don’t think the speaker has the right to do this.”
“I think it’s a mistake on the Speaker’s part. I think this will look pretty political,” he added.
Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonSunday shows preview: 2020 race heats up as impeachment moves to Senate GOP chairmen seek interview with Obama officials as part of Biden-Ukraine probe Senate Democrats press GOP chairmen over Ukraine allegations MORE (R-Wis.) called the delay “bizarre,” contrasting it with what he called a “rush” to hold the vote last Wednesday.
“I just think it’s kind of bizarre they had to rush to this impeachment vote, and then all of a sudden she’s sitting on it,” Johnson said on ABC’s “This Week.” “I don’t think the Senate should be making the case the House should have made in their presentation. My guess is they weren’t able to make the case.”
The impeachment process is on pause after the House voted last week to approve two articles of impeachment charging Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Pelosi has delayed sending the articles to the Senate for trial in an attempt to maintain leverage for Democrats in the upper chamber as they hammer out procedures for the Senate trial. The move has drawn praise from Pelosi’s caucus even as Senate Democrats appear eager to receive the articles. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellClyburn to White House: ‘I am not going to be intimidated’ Trump blasts ‘unfair’ impeachment, ‘extreme leftists’ in speech to young conservatives Sunday shows preview: 2020 race heats up as impeachment moves to Senate MORE (R-Ky.) has shrugged off the tactic, saying he’s “not anxious to have the trial,” while Trump said he is eager to be acquitted by the Senate.
Democrats hope to use the tactic to convince the Senate to call several administration witnesses.
But Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSunday shows preview: 2020 race heats up as impeachment moves to Senate De Niro: Trump needs to be ‘confronted and humiliated’ Colbert presents ‘Once Upon Impeachment’ as new ‘animated classic’ MORE (R-S.C.), who served as a House impeachment manager during the Senate’s trial for then-President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonUkraine funding freeze ordered hours after Zelensky call Why Senate Democrats are the real challenge to full impeachment trial Independents and impeachment could determine Arizona’s electoral future MORE, meanwhile, told Fox’s Maria BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoKudlow: New trade deals should boost economic growth by half percentage point Top Republican: Democrats’ weekend document dump shows impeachment inquiry is a ‘farce’ Nunes: ‘Sickening’ that Schiff obtained his phone records MORE that he doubted any senators would vote to compel testimony from acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyUncertainty hangs over Trump impeachment trial House chairwoman backs interest rate cap on payday loans The Hill’s Morning Report — Impeachment face-off; Dems go after Buttigieg in debate MORE and former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonWhy Senate Democrats are the real challenge to full impeachment trial Uncertainty hangs over Trump impeachment trial The Hill’s Morning Report — Impeachment face-off; Dems go after Buttigieg in debate MORE.
“I can’t imagine any senator doing this to the presidency. I hope senators will not vote to compel witnesses before the court determines whether or not there’s executive privilege,” he added.
Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenSunday shows preview: 2020 race heats up as impeachment moves to Senate Senate Republicans on delaying impeachment articles: ‘One of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard’ Otto Warmbier’s mom urges Trump not to accept ‘bad deal’ as North Korea threatens ‘Christmas gift’ MORE (D-Md.) said on Sunday that Pelosi was doing “exactly the right thing,” telling CBS’ “Face the Nation” the speaker “is focusing a spotlight on the need to have a fair trial in the United States Senate.”
“And it’s especially necessary when you have Mitch McConnell, Sen. McConnell, who you quoted earlier, saying publicly that he is not going to be an impartial juror, even though that’s what the oath will require, that he’s going to work in lockstep with the president, who is the defendant in this case, and that he’s already said no to calling fact witnesses that have direct knowledge of what’s at stake in this impeachment,” he added.
Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSusan Collins set to play pivotal role in impeachment drama Sunday shows preview: 2020 race heats up as impeachment moves to Senate Senate passes bill banning tobacco sales to anyone under 21 MORE (D-Ill.) warned against senators from both parties announcing how they intended to vote ahead of the trial.
“How can they hold their hands up and say I swear impartial justice…they should not have done that,” Durbin told CNN’s Dana BashDana BashThe Hill’s 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — Dramatic day as House heads toward impeachment vote Krystal Ball questions Biden’s durability in 2020 field The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — Judiciary Democrats approve articles of impeachment setting up House vote next week MORE.
“As far as I’m concerned they can tell which way they’re leaning or how they feel in terms of the probability but when it comes to saying, ‘I’ve made up my mind, it’s all over,’ for goodness sakes that’s not what the Constitution envisioned,” he added.