GOP senator calls Pelosi's withholding of impeachment articles 'bizarre' after 'rush' to vote

Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGrassley pressured to run as Democrats set sights on Iowa Sunday shows preview: Bipartisan infrastructure talks drag on; Democrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe Democrats question GOP shift on vaccines MORE (R-Wis.) called Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCapitol riot defendants have started a jail newsletter: report On The Money: Biden asks Congress to extend eviction ban with days until expiration | Economic growth rose to 6.5 percent annual rate in second quarter Top Democrat: 'A lot of spin' coming from White House on infrastructure MORE’s (D-Calif.) withholding of the articles of impeachment from the Senate “bizarre” after a “rush” to vote on the impeachment of President TrumpDonald TrumpMyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections Simone Biles, Vince Lombardi and the courage to walk away MORE in the House.

Johnson criticized Pelosi and the House on ABC’s “This Week” saying the Democrats' impeachment case is “pretty thin gruel" and that it should not be the responsibility of Senate Democrats to make the House’s case.

“I just think it’s kind of bizarre they had to rush to this impeachment vote, and then all of a sudden she’s sitting on it,” Johnson said. “I don’t think the Senate should be making the case the House should have made in their presentation. My guess is they weren’t able to make the case.”

The Wisconsin senator said he predicts there will be enough support in the Senate to conduct the impeachment trial without additional witnesses and as long as “both sides have a fair chance of making their case, then we should take a vote.”

Johnson added that “something very strange is happening” in terms of the country’s polarized reaction to impeachment, as polls suggest Democrats and Republicans are standing their ground on their views of impeachment.

"We can obsess on this impeachment, we can obsess on the trial, but what I'm trying to do is I’m trying to get the American people the truth of what all happens,” he told Martha Raddatz.

The House voted last week to impeach the president last week. The Senate, which holds a GOP majority, is expected to acquit the president.

Pelosi has delayed sending the articles to the Senate for trial in order to push Republicans in the upper chamber to agree to what Democrats consider a fair trial. The move has drawn praise from within her own caucus but has been lambasted by Republicans who question why she is delaying the process after rushing to vote on the articles.

President Trump and his allies have claimed Pelosi is holding back the articles because Democrats are no longer confident in their case.


Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerAn August ultimatum: No recess until redistricting reform is done Biden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Schumer's moment to transform transit and deepen democracy MORE (D-N.Y.) has asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellAn August ultimatum: No recess until redistricting reform is done After police rip Trump for Jan. 6, McCarthy again blames Pelosi The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands MORE (R-Ky.) for certain witnesses in the Senate trial, which the majority leader has declined.