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Republicans criticize Pelosi for gifting pens used to sign impeachment articles

Republicans criticize Pelosi for gifting pens used to sign impeachment articles
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Republicans are chastising Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: Trump should accept election results 'like a man' The spectre of pension failures haunts this election Microsoft: Iranian hacking group targeting attendees of major international security conferences MORE (D-Calif.) for making gifts out of the pens she used to sign the two articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Police called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policy Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline MORE.

On Wednesday, Pelosi signed the articles, which passed the House in December, before they were taken across the Capitol to the Senate. Pelosi handed out the special pens she used in a commemorative signing tradition that Trump has also participated in with various bills and executive orders.

Top GOP officials, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell: Battle for Senate 'a 50-50 proposition' 'Packing' federal courts is already a serious problem What a Biden administration should look like MORE (Ky.) and White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamMelania Trump cancels campaign appearance over 'lingering cough' The Memo: Trump grapples with credibility gap in crisis President Trump, Melania Trump test positive for COVID-19 MORE, criticized the Speaker, saying giving out the “souvenir pens” undercut her claims that the impeachment process is "solemn and serious."

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“The Speaker distributed souvenir pens, souvenir pens to her own colleagues emblazoned with her golden signature that literally came in on silver platters,” McConnell said on the Senate floor.

The majority leader also tweeted out his disdain for Pelosi’s action on Thursday, calling it “the House’s partisan process distilled into one last perfect visual. Not solemn or serious. A transparently political exercise from beginning to end.”

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“She was so somber as she gave them away to people like prizes,” Grisham agreed.

House Republican Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseHouse Republicans slated to hold leadership election on Nov. 17 McCarthy faces pushback from anxious Republicans over interview comments Jordan vows to back McCarthy as leader even if House loses more GOP seats MORE (La.) tweeted out the CNN footage of Pelosi handing the pens to fellow Democrats, saying, “So much for ‘somber’ and ‘solemn.’”

Other GOP lawmakers including Reps. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsCritics blast 'two-faced liar' Miles Taylor after revelation as NYT 'anonymous' author Ex-DHS official reveals himself as 'Anonymous' CNN host presses Trump spokesman: 'Do you think the pandemic has ended?' MORE (N.C.) and Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarHillicon Valley: House votes to condemn QAnon | Americans worried about foreign election interference | DHS confirms request to tap protester phones House approves measure condemning QAnon, but 17 Republicans vote against it Pelosi must go — the House is in dire need of new leadership MORE (Ariz.) also denounced Pelosi on social media.

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Pelosi deputy chief of staff Drew Hammill said in a statement that impeachment is "tragic" but also "historic."

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"As the Speaker has said, it is tragic that the President’s attacks on our Constitution have brought our country to this point, but it is indisputably historic when the Constitution and its balance of power reasserts itself," Hammill.

"Today, the Government Accountability Office confirmed that the President’s actions were illegal abuses of power, and Republicans are complaining about pens," he added.

Hamill was referencing to the GAO report that found that the administration violated the law by withholding aid from Ukraine.

The lower chamber on Wednesday officially transferred the articles to the Senate for Trump’s trial after weeks of delay. Pelosi had withheld the articles from the Senate, saying she wanted details on the rules of the trial first.

The senators are scheduled to be sworn in for the trial by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Thursday afternoon, after the House impeachment managers read the articles to the upper chamber.

—Updated at 12:58 p.m.