Senate GOP resolution calls Pelosi's impeachment delay a 'flagrant violation'

More than two dozen Republican senators introduced a resolution Thursday ripping House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump praises 'domination' of DC protesters Pelosi, Schumer say treatment of protesters outside White House 'dishonors every value that faith teaches us' Democrats call for Congress to take action following death of George Floyd MORE (D-Calif.) for delaying sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate, calling it a "flagrant violation of the separation of powers."

The resolution, spearheaded by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamWhat you need to know about FBI official Dana Boente's retirement Rosenstein steps back into GOP crosshairs The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump tweets as tensions escalate across US MORE (R-S.C.), comes as Republicans are growing increasingly frustrated by the delay in the impeachment trial for President TrumpDonald John TrumpSessions accepts 'Fox News Sunday' invitation to debate, Tuberville declines Priest among those police cleared from St. John's Church patio for Trump visit Trump criticizes CNN on split-screen audio of Rose Garden address, protesters clashing with police MORE.

"It is our job as Senators to dispose of the articles that were lawfully passed. The Speaker’s attempt to shape or delay the trial is unprecedented. It cannot stand," Graham said in a statement.


"What the Speaker has been doing is inconsistent with the Constitution and unfair to the President and the American people," he added. “I hope and expect that this constitutional standoff will end soon.”

The resolution would throw the Senate's support behind calling on Pelosi to "immediately appoint impeachment managers and transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate for disposition consistent with the Constitution of the United States."

It characterizes her decision to delay the articles as a "gross infringement on the constitutional authority of the Senate," while calling it "unprecedented for presidential impeachments" and a move that "is resulting in the denial of President Trump’s day in court."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRosenstein steps back into GOP crosshairs Biden to deliver remarks in Philadelphia Tuesday on nationwide protests Senate Republicans urge Trump to tone down rhetoric on protests MORE (R-Ky.) is among the two dozen Republicans who are supporting the resolution, though the GOP leader has not indicated it will get a vote.

Graham began circulating his resolution earlier this week, including handing it out during Tuesday's closed-door policy lunch.


McConnell told Republicans during Thursday's closed-door caucus lunch that they should expect the Senate trial to start next week.

A spokesman for the GOP leader said his comments were not based on conversations with Pelosi, who has not specified when she will send the articles, but indicated on Thursday that it will be "soon."

"I'm not holding them indefinitely," Pelosi said during a press briefing in the Capitol. "I'll send them over when I'm ready, and that will probably be soon."