Scalise on impeachment trial: Pelosi 'can run for the Senate if she wants to be a senator'

Scalise on impeachment trial: Pelosi 'can run for the Senate if she wants to be a senator'
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House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseRepublican who went maskless now says coronavirus 'wants to kill us' Republican governors revolt against CDC mask guidance House to resume mask mandate after new CDC guidance MORE (R-La.) on Sunday blasted Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries On The Money: Biden issues targeted eviction moratorium | GOP skepticism looms over bipartisan spending deal 'The Squad' celebrates Biden eviction moratorium MORE’s (D-Calif.) delay in sending the articles of impeachment passed by the House to the Senate, saying she “can run for the Senate if she wants to be a senator.”

"It’s our duty to turn [articles of impeachment] over," Scalise, the No. 2 Republican in the House, said on "Fox News Sunday." "It's not like some mechanism she can control."

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"It’s not her role to go over to the Senate. She can run for the Senate if she wants to be a senator," Scalise added. "For months, she was saying how important it is. They've got to remove this president immediately. He's a threat to their whole way of life. ... Once they pass the impeachment, she doesn’t want the Senate to get the papers to start the trial."

Guest anchor Mike Emanuel asked Scalise about Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiGraham's COVID-19 'breakthrough' case jolts Senate Sarah Palin says she's praying about running for Senate against Murkowski Graham says he has COVID-19 'breakthrough' infection MORE (R-Alaska) saying she was concerned that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care: Florida becomes epicenter of COVID-19 surge | NYC to require vaccination for indoor activities | Biden rebukes GOP governors for barring mask mandates McConnell warns Schumer cutting off debate quickly could stall infrastructure deal Top House Democrat says party would lose elections if they were held today: report MORE (R-Ky.) said he was "not impartial" about impeachment.

Scalise dismissed the remarks.

"You’ve seen her make statements concerned about what Democrats have been doing and saying as well," he said.

"The Senate’s going to conduct a fair trial. I have confidence in Mitch McConnell doing that. There was not a fair trial in the House. ... The Senate will have a fair trial, and you’ll see an acquittal," Scalise said.

Impeachment in the House is not a trial.

Scalise demurred when Emanuel asked if he agreed with President TrumpDonald TrumpFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Missouri Rep. Billy Long enters Senate GOP primary Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election MORE retweeting a link that contained the name of the alleged whistleblower whose complaint prompted the impeachment inquiry, saying the whistleblower “should have testified a long time ago” and accusing the individual of having “a political ax to grind.”