Senate GOP blasts impeachment: 'The mob took over the House'

Senate GOP blasts impeachment: 'The mob took over the House'
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Senate Republicans quickly ripped House Democrats for voting to impeach President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump signs bill averting shutdown after brief funding lapse Privacy, civil rights groups demand transparency from Amazon on election data breaches Facebook takes down Trump campaign ads tying refugees to coronavirus MORE on Wednesday night, arguing that the chamber had been taken over by "the mob." 
The House passed two articles of impeachment — one on Trump abusing power in his dealings with Ukraine and another on him obstructing Congress during its investigation of those actions — making him the third president in U.S. history to be impeached. 
"The mob took over the House. If she did not move to impeach this president, she would not be speaker," he added, referring to House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump signs bill averting shutdown after brief funding lapse On The Money: 'One more serious try' on COVID relief yields progress but no deal | Trump tax bombshell shines light on IRS enforcement | Senate passes bill to avert shutdown hours before deadline 'One more serious try' on COVID-19 relief yields progress but no deal MORE (D-Calif.)

Sen. Kevin CramerKevin John CramerRomney calls first Trump-Biden debate 'an embarrassment' Netflix distances from author's comments about Muslim Uyghurs but defends project Abortion stirs GOP tensions in Supreme Court fight MORE (R-N.D.), echoed Graham, accusing Pelosi of bringing the impeachment articles for a vote in an effort to appease progressives.

"This is a tragedy," he said. "Impeachment used to be an important constitutional tool used rarely, not mental therapy for distraught liberals in the House of Representatives."
The House votes set up a trial in the Senate in January, though House Democrats are discussing delaying sending over the articles in an effort to force Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP senators pan debate: 'S---show,' 'awful,' 'embarrassment' 'One more serious try' on COVID-19 relief yields progress but no deal The Hill's Campaign Report: Debate fallout l Trump clarifies remarks on Proud Boys l Down to the wire in South Carolina MORE (R-Ky.) to agree to a fair set of rules for the Senate procedure. 
Republicans hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate. With 67 votes required to convict Trump and remove him from office, it's all but guaranteed that he will ultimately be acquitted at the end of a Senate trial. 
Republicans are signaling that they want a quick Senate trial, potentially with neither side calling witnesses. However, Democrats have balked at the idea of not calling witnesses or requesting additional documents, arguing that it would amount to a "cover up." 
“The impeachment of a president is a solemn and serious moment for our country," Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerFirst woman sentenced for her role in Nxivm sex cult Ocasio-Cortez calls Trump a 'white supremacist' after debate Democrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate MORE (D-N.Y.) said in a statement after the House votes. "At the start of a trial in the Senate, all senators will swear an oath to render impartial justice. The American people deserve that the Senate conduct a full and fair trial."
Democrats will need four Republican senators to vote with them to successfully call witnesses to testify. No GOP senator has yet to endorse Schumer's request, which included wanting to call former national security advisor John BoltonJohn BoltonJudge appears skeptical of Bolton's defense of publishing book without White House approval Maximum pressure is keeping US troops in Iraq and Syria Woodward book trails Bolton, Mary Trump in first-week sales MORE and acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyOn The Money: House panel pulls Powell into partisan battles | New York considers hiking taxes on the rich | Treasury: Trump's payroll tax deferral won't hurt Social Security Blockchain trade group names Mick Mulvaney to board Mick Mulvaney to start hedge fund MORE
"This has been unnecessary, distracting, and counterproductive," he said. "The Senate will not continue this partisan abuse of power and should at once put an end to the charade."