GOP senator: Pelosi doesn't have the right to stall articles of impeachment

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntGOP Rep. Vicky Hartzler launches Missouri Senate bid Cryptocurrency industry lobbies Washington for 'regulatory clarity' Bipartisan group prepping infrastructure plan as White House talks lag MORE (R-Mo.) said Sunday he does not think Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: 'No intention' of abandoning Democrats' infrastructure goals Senate investigation of insurrection falls short Ocasio-Cortez: 'Old way of politics' influences Manchin's thinking MORE (D-Calif.) has the power to hold the articles of impeachment the House passed last week from the Senate. 

"Frankly, I don't think the Speaker has the right to do this," Blunt said on CNN's "State of the Union" in response to Pelosi's decision not to send the articles to the Senate until Senate leaders agree on parameters for a trial. 

"The Speaker has a lot of power," Blunt continued but added that he doesn't think Pelosi has the authority to withhold the articles from the upper chamber once "the House has spoken."


"I think it's a mistake on the Speaker's part. I think this will look pretty political," he added. 

Blunt also said that based on what he's heard so far, he does not support removing Trump from office. He said the House failed to make the case.

The House voted last week largely along party lines in favor of two articles of impeachment charging President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden prepares to confront Putin Biden aims to bolster troubled Turkey ties in first Erdoğan meeting Senate investigation of insurrection falls short MORE with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. 

Blunt also defended his colleagues' remarks that they would not be impartial jurors in the looming Senate trial. He said that, despite its name, the process is not actually a "trial." 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellWhat the Democrats should be doing to reach true bipartisanship Democrats mull overhaul of sweeping election bill McConnell seeks to divide and conquer Democrats MORE (R-Ky.) said he'll be in "total coordination" with the White House during the process, and Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamProgressives want to tighten screws beyond Manchin and Sinema GOP senators applaud Biden for global vaccine donation plans Lindsey Graham: Dismissal of Wuhan lab leak theory cost Trump 2020 election MORE (R-S.C.) said he's made up his mind and doesn't need to hear from any witnesses. 

"This is called a trial because there was really in the Constitution, I think, no better thing to call it," Blunt said. "It’s not a trial in any classic sense. It is a political decision to do it."

"Five of the so-called jurors are running for president," he added, referencing a handful of the Democrats in the presidential primary.