House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) believes if she holds onto the articles of impeachment long enough, Senate Republicans will be forced to give her whatever she wants.
But Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is tired of playing these games and has gone rogue, suggesting on Sunday that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) should just change the Senate rules to force the impeachment forward, according to Fox News.
Republicans want to get this entire mess behind them so the legislature can return to the real business of government.
Most believed Pelosi’s political theater would have been done by now, but here we are, a week into the new year, and she still has a death grip on the articles.
Sen. McConnell has stated Pelosi setting up the Senate rules is a “non-starter,” so here we stand.
Graham hopes to change that standstill very soon by simply changing the Senate rules that require the transmission of the documents.
“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,” the congressman said.
The articles of impeachment
While the Constitution does not technically call for the articles to be transmitted to start the impeachment trial, that rule has been written in. As such, it can be changed, which is what Graham was referring to in his comments.
The Senate can put forth a resolution to either amend or change the existing rules of impeachment as long as it passes with at least 51 votes.
What is currently being suggested is either a timeline to forward the documents or simply changing the need for the formal transfer of the impeachment articles.
Graham is not willing to wait much longer to move forward on this, either.
“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,” he asserted Sunday. “If they don’t come, dismiss the case and get on with governing the country.”