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 fires intelligence community inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint Trump organization has laid off over 1000 employees due to pandemic: report Trump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves 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 says he opposes mail-in voting for November On The Money: Economy sheds 701K jobs in March | Why unemployment checks could take weeks | Confusion surrounds 9B in small-business loans The bipartisan neutering of the Congressional Budget Office MORE (D-Calif.)

Sen. Kevin CramerKevin John CramerInfrastructure bill gains new steam as coronavirus worsens GOP senators urge Saudi Arabia to leave OPEC GOP senator apologizes for tweet calling Pelosi 'retarded,' blames autocorrect 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."
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 SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocrats press Trump, GOP for funding for mail-in ballots Schumer doubles down in call for Trump to name coronavirus supply czar Trump lashes out at Schumer over call for supply czar 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 BoltonChina sees chance to expand global influence amid pandemic Trump ignores science at our peril Bolton defends decision to shutter NSC pandemic office MORE and acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyOne year in, Democrats frustrated by fight for Trump tax returns Meadows joins White House in crisis mode Meadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House 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."