Republicans attack Pelosi for impeachment stalemate

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement MORE’s allies in the House and Senate blasted Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Justice Department says Trump's tax returns should be released | Democrats fall short of votes for extending eviction ban House adjourns for recess without passing bill to extend federal eviction ban Photos of the Week: Olympic sabre semi-finals, COVID-19 vigil and a loris MORE (D-Calif.) Sunday morning for delaying sending the House’s articles of impeachment to the Senate for trial.

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntBiden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden sets new vaccine mandate as COVID-19 cases surge Former Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon passes on Senate campaign MORE (R-Mo.) said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that “frankly, I don't think the speaker has the right to do this."

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

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Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonBiden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet Trump urged DOJ officials to call election corrupt 'and leave the rest to me' Chuck Todd is dead wrong: Liberal bias defines modern journalism MORE (R-Wis.) called the delay “bizarre," contrasting it with what he called a “rush” to hold the vote last Wednesday.

“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 on ABC's "This Week." “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 impeachment process is on pause after the House voted last week to approve two articles of impeachment charging Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Pelosi has delayed sending the articles to the Senate for trial in an attempt to maintain leverage for Democrats in the upper chamber as they hammer out procedures for the Senate trial. The move has drawn praise from Pelosi's caucus even as Senate Democrats appear eager to receive the articles. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden sets new vaccine mandate as COVID-19 cases surge Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire MORE (R-Ky.) has shrugged off the tactic, saying he's "not anxious to have the trial," while Trump said he is eager to be acquitted by the Senate.

Democrats hope to use the tactic to convince the Senate to call several administration witnesses.

But Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham, Cuellar press Biden to name border czar Trump takes two punches from GOP The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands MORE (R-S.C.), who served as a House impeachment manager during the Senate’s trial for then-President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonOvernight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' Biden rolls dice by getting more aggressive on vaccines Amanda Knox blasts 'Stillwater' movie: 'Does my name belong to me? MORE, meanwhile, told Fox’s Maria BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoGraham says he'd 'leave town' to stop .5T spending plan The Memo: Trump pours gas on tribalism with Jan. 6 rewrite Trump: Tech giants 'immune from so many different things, but they're not immune from the lawsuit' MORE that he doubted any senators would vote to compel testimony from acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyHeadhunters having hard time finding jobs for former Trump officials: report Trump holdovers are denying Social Security benefits to the hardest working Americans Mulvaney calls Trump's comments on Capitol riot 'manifestly false' MORE and former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Will Pence primary Trump — and win? Bolton: Trump lacked enough 'advance thinking' for a coup MORE.

“I can’t imagine any senator doing this to the presidency. I hope senators will not vote to compel witnesses before the court determines whether or not there’s executive privilege,” he added.

 

Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenSenate Democrats press administration on human rights abuses in Philippines Civil rights activist Gloria Richardson dies Senate Democrats hit speedbumps with big spending plans MORE (D-Md.) said on Sunday that Pelosi was doing “exactly the right thing,” telling CBS’ “Face the Nation” the speaker “is focusing a spotlight on the need to have a fair trial in the United States Senate."

"And it's especially necessary when you have Mitch McConnell, Sen. McConnell, who you quoted earlier, saying publicly that he is not going to be an impartial juror, even though that's what the oath will require, that he's going to work in lockstep with the president, who is the defendant in this case, and that he’s already said no to calling fact witnesses that have direct knowledge of what's at stake in this impeachment," he added.

Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinCongress should butt out of Supreme Court's business Inmates grapple with uncertainty over Biden prison plan Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire MORE (D-Ill.) warned against senators from both parties announcing how they intended to vote ahead of the trial.

"How can they hold their hands up and say I swear impartial justice...they should not have done that," Durbin told CNN’s Dana BashDana BashKey Biden ally OK with dropping transit from infrastructure package Klobuchar: If Breyer is going to retire from Supreme Court, it should be sooner rather than later Sunday shows - Surgeon general in the spotlight as delta variant spreads MORE.

"As far as I'm concerned they can tell which way they're leaning or how they feel in terms of the probability but when it comes to saying, 'I've made up my mind, it's all over,' for goodness sakes that’s not what the Constitution envisioned,” he added.