Senate Republicans on delaying impeachment articles: 'One of the dumbest things I've ever heard'

Republicans quickly knocked talk by some House Democrats of delaying transmitting articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' MORE to the Senate, warning that the pressure tactic would backfire. 
 
 
"Are they threatening to withhold the articles of impeachment?" he told The Hill. "That doesn't accomplish their intended goal. That just means we won't be having a trial." 
 
McConnell, asked by a Washington Examiner reporter about a potential delay, similarly shrugged it off, saying, "I'm in no hurry." 
 
The idea of delaying sending the impeachment articles to the Senate first surfaced last week when Democrats began talking about asking Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiNews media's sausage-making obsession helps no one Klobuchar confident spending bill will be finished before Christmas Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season MORE (D-Calif.) to hold articles of impeachment in the House until McConnell agrees to a fair rules package for a Senate trial.
 
The idea resurfaced on Wednesday as the House headed toward a vote on the two articles of impeachment. 
 
Harvard Law School Professor Laurence Tribe penned a Washington Post op-ed in which he argued that delaying sending over the articles would strengthen Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills Schumer mourns death of 'amazing' father Feehery: The honest contrarian MORE's hand in negotiations with McConnell over the rules of the impeachment trial. 
 
The idea, according to a separate Washington Post report, has gained traction with some members of the House Democratic Caucus who worry that McConnell will not agree to a fair proceeding. 
 
Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenSenators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall Schumer-McConnell dial down the debt ceiling drama Democrats scramble to figure out shutdown strategy MORE (D-Md.) told MSNBC that one alternative could be for Pelosi to "hold the articles of impeachment after they’ve been voted in the House and say to Mitch McConnell, Look, we want to make sure there’s a fair trial in the United States Senate.'" 
 
But Republicans on Wednesday night warned that tactic would fail to net Democrats a better agreement with McConnell on the rules of the proceeding. A Senate trial is expected to start in early January, with the rest of floor business, including Trump's trade deal with Mexico and Canada, on hold until after it ends. 
 
McConnell and Schumer are expected to sit down as soon as Thursday to start negotiating on the process for a trial. The GOP leader told senators during a closed-door caucus lunch on Tuesday to expect at least an announcement on the start date of the trial by Friday. 
 
Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.), a close Trump ally, argued that Democrats had already "wasted" 84 days on the House impeachment inquiry. 
 
"How would a delay make a better process over here?" he asked.

Sen. Mike BraunMichael BraunRepublicans struggle to save funding for Trump's border wall Schumer-McConnell dial down the debt ceiling drama Cruz, Braun slam Library of Congress for forgoing term 'illegal aliens' to suit 'progressive preference' MORE (R-Ind.) said discussion of delaying transmitting the articles shows House Democrats "are concerned about the case as it currently exists."

Asked if he thought it would help put pressure on Senate Republicans, he added, "No, because I don't think the pressure is on us at this point."