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 PelosiOvernight Defense: GAO finds administration broke law by withholding Ukraine aid | Senate opens Trump trial | Pentagon to resume training Saudi students soon Hillicon Valley: FBI to now notify state officials of cyber breaches | Pelosi rips 'shameful' Facebook | 5G group beefs up lobby team | Spotify unveils playlists for pets Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti on impeachment: 'CNN can see through this nonsense' MORE (D-Calif.) for making gifts out of the pens she used to sign the two articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president 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 McConnellPoll shows Collins displaces McConnell as most unpopular senator Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti on impeachment: 'CNN can see through this nonsense' Trump says impeachment trial should move 'very quickly' MORE (Ky.) and White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamHill.TV's Saagar Enjeti on impeachment: 'CNN can see through this nonsense' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Senate receives impeachment articles as trial opens Republicans criticize Pelosi for gifting pens used to sign impeachment articles 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 ScaliseRepublicans criticize Pelosi for gifting pens used to sign impeachment articles The Hill's Morning Report - Impeachment trial a week away; debate night GOP leaders take aim at Democrats over rhetoric on Iran 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 MeadowsRepublicans criticize Pelosi for gifting pens used to sign impeachment articles Trump, Democrats set for brawl on Iran war powers Overnight Defense: Iran crisis eases as Trump says Tehran 'standing down' | Dems unconvinced on evidence behind Soleimani strike | House sets Thursday vote on Iran war powers MORE (N.C.) and Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarRepublicans criticize Pelosi for gifting pens used to sign impeachment articles Overnight Energy: Republicans eye top spot on Natural Resources panel | GOP lawmakers push back on bill to make greener refrigerators, air conditioners | Green groups sue Trump over California fracking plans Republicans eye top spot on Natural Resources panel MORE (Ariz.) also denounced Pelosi on social media.

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.