GOP lawmaker offers resolution to censure Pelosi for holding articles of impeachment

Rep. Bradley ByrneBradley Roberts ByrneJerry Carl wins GOP Alabama runoff to replace Rep. Bradley Byrne Jeff Sessions loses comeback bid in Alabama runoff Sessions fights for political life in Alabama runoff MORE (R-Ala.) introduced a resolution on Thursday to censure Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiNegotiators hit gas on coronavirus talks as frustration mounts Hillicon Valley: NSA warns of new security threats | Teen accused of Twitter hack pleads not guilty | Experts warn of mail-in voting misinformation Schiff, Khanna call for free masks for all Americans in coronavirus aid package MORE (D-Calif.) for not sending the two articles of impeachment that passed the House in December to the Senate.

“Speaker Pelosi’s decision to hold the articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary MORE in a pathetic and unconstitutional attempt to extract concessions from the Senate is an unprecedented abuse of power,” Byrne said in a statement.  

Pelosi has withheld the articles and demanded that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump's election delay red herring On The Money: Unemployment debate sparks GOP divisions | Pandemic reveals flaws of unemployment insurance programs | Survey finds nearly one-third of rehired workers laid off again OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump signs major conservation bill into law | Senate votes to confirm Energy's No. 2 official | Trump Jr. expresses opposition to Pebble Mine project MORE (R-Ky.) negotiate terms of a Senate trial. Democrats want to be able to call witnesses at the trial. McConnell has said the Senate could vote on hearing from witnesses, but only after the articles of impeachment are sent to the Senate from the House, and after a trial begins.

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The Speaker on Thursday said she would not be holding the articles indefinitely and that she would probably send them soon, while expressing frustration with McConnell for not agreeing to witnesses.

“The Constitution grants the House the power to censure its members, the most serious rebuke the House can give a member short of expulsion," he said. "An adopted censure resolution would require the offending member to stand in the well of the House and have the resolution read aloud. The last censure resolution adopted by the House occurred in 2010.” 

The censure formally condemning Pelosi is not expected to see movement in the Democratic-controlled lower chamber.