Republicans attack Pelosi for impeachment stalemate

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFed saw risks to US economy fading before coronavirus spread quickened Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Britain announces immigration policy barring unskilled migrants MORE’s allies in the House and Senate blasted Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDon't let 'welfare for all' advocates derail administration's food stamp program reforms Hillicon Valley: Officials worry about Nevada caucus technology after Iowa | Pelosi joins pressure campaign on Huawei | Workers at Kickstarter vote to unionize | Bezos launches B climate initiative Pelosi joins pressure campaign on Huawei MORE (D-Calif.) Sunday morning for delaying sending the House’s articles of impeachment to the Senate for trial.

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 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 JohnsonWhistleblower retaliation: Stop confusing unlawful attacks with politics Congress looks to strengthen hand in State Department following impeachment Senate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony 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 McConnellKentucky state official says foreign adversaries 'routinely' scan election systems Don't let 'welfare for all' advocates derail administration's food stamp program reforms Whistleblower retaliation: Stop confusing unlawful attacks with politics 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 GrahamDemocratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe Barr threatens tech's prized legal shield Barr has considered resigning over Trump tweets about DOJ: reports MORE (R-S.C.), who served as a House impeachment manager during the Senate’s trial for then-President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonFree Roger Stone Davis: Taking another look at Bernie Sanders Juan Williams: Don't count Biden out MORE, meanwhile, told Fox’s Maria BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoKudlow: New tax cuts will 'probably come out sometime in September' Bannon says Democrats won't stop effort to impeach Trump Trump asks 'what the hell has happened' to Fox News after interview with Democratic senator MORE that he doubted any senators would vote to compel testimony from acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyTrump declares war on hardworking Americans with new budget request Scaramucci thanks John Kelly for speaking up against Trump Trump lashes out over Kelly criticism: 'He misses the action' MORE and former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonOvernight Defense: Dem senator met with Iranian foreign minister | Meeting draws criticism from right | Lawmakers push back at Pentagon funding for wall We should listen to John Bolton The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders on the rise as Nevada debate looms 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 Dems blast Barr for 'clear violation' of duty in Stone case, urge him to resign Senate Democrats introduce legislation to change impeachment trial rules Warren asks for probe of whether Trump violated law by delaying Puerto Rico funds 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 DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDemocratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe Trump commutes sentence of ex-Illinois Gov. Blagojevich in rash of clemency orders The Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in 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 BashLimbaugh: Trump advised me to 'never apologize' for Buttigieg remarks Sunday shows - Spotlight shines on Bloomberg, stop and frisk Klobuchar says she raised M since New Hampshire debate 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.