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

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntSenate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony Booker, Merkley propose federal facial recognition moratorium GOP senators defend Sondland, Vindman ousters: They weren't 'loyal' MORE (R-Mo.) said Sunday he does not think Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMalaysia says it will choose 5G partners based on own standards, not US recommendations Pelosi warns allies against using Huawei Budget hawks frustrated by 2020 politics in entitlement reform fight 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 John TrumpRussian sanctions will boomerang States, cities rethink tax incentives after Amazon HQ2 backlash A Presidents Day perspective on the nature of a free press 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 McConnellSenate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony Trump declares war on hardworking Americans with new budget request The Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in MORE (R-Ky.) said he'll be in "total coordination" with the White House during the process, and Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony US defense chief says Taliban deal 'looks very promising' but not without risk Lawmakers wary as US on cusp of initial deal with Taliban 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.