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 TrumpNew Capitol Police chief to take over Friday Overnight Health Care: Biden officials says no change to masking guidance right now | Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of Medicaid expansion | Mississippi's attorney general asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade Michael Wolff and the art of monetizing gossip 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 PelosiDemocrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe, eyeing new GOP reinforcements GOP's Banks burnishes brand with Pelosi veto Meghan McCain on Pelosi, McCarthy fight: 'I think they're all bad' MORE (D-Calif.)

Sen. Kevin CramerKevin John CramerTransit funding, broadband holding up infrastructure deal Senate falling behind on infrastructure Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor 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."
 
Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzPoll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis US, Germany reach deal on controversial Russian pipeline State, Dems call out Cruz over holds ahead of key Russian talks MORE (R-Texas) also knocked House Democrats, saying it marked the first time a president has been impeached "without alleging a single law was violated."
 
 
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 McConnellS.E. Cupp: 'The politicization of science and health safety has inarguably cost lives' Poll: Potential Sununu-Hassan matchup in N.H. a dead heat  Business groups urge lawmakers to stick with bipartisan infrastructure deal 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 SchumerBiden administration stokes frustration over Canada Schumer blasts McCarthy for picking people who 'supported the big lie' for Jan. 6 panel Biden's belated filibuster decision: A pretense of principle at work 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 BoltonBolton: Trump lacked enough 'advance thinking' for a coup Trump said he hoped COVID-19 'takes out' Bolton: book US drops lawsuit, closes probe over Bolton book MORE and acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyHeadhunters having hard time finding jobs for former Trump officials: report Trump holdovers are denying Social Security benefits to the hardest working Americans Mulvaney calls Trump's comments on Capitol riot 'manifestly false' 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."