Sen. Lindsey Graham says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's threat to withhold the House's two articles of impeachment is "incredibly dangerous" and ignores the separations of power statute.
After passing the two articles Wednesday night, Pelosi said in a Thursday presser that she plans to withhold them until the Senate holds a "fair" trial.
"The next thing for us will be when we see the process that is set forth in the Senate. Then we’ll know the number of managers that we may have to go forward and who we would choose," she said. "But, in any event, we’re ready, when we see what [the Senate has] we will know who and how many we will send over."
Graham hit back, saying "Just think for a moment, you pass articles of impeachment in the House, you refuse to send them into the Senate until the Senate constructs a trial of your liking as Speaker of the House," adding "We have separations of power for a reason. You can’t be Speaker of the House and Majority Leader of the Senate at the same time."
Sen. Lindsey Graham: "What they're proposing, to not send the articles for disposition to the Senate after being passed in the House, is incredibly dangerous." pic.twitter.com/EhgwIM7Omp— The Hill (@thehill) December 19, 2019
And as The Federalist notes, Sen. Marco Rubio jumped in - accusing Pelosi of "playing games."
"Playing games with the transmission of the Articles to the Senate will not impede or influence the senate, but it will be the kind of partisan political stunt that further undermines the credibility of the process carried out by House Democrats," he tweeted.
Playing games with the transmission of the Articles to the Senate will not impede or influence the Senate,but it will be the kind of partisan political stunt that further undermines the credibility of the process carried out by House Democrats.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) December 19, 2019