GOP rep: Democrats changing their mind on impeachment trial rules

Rep. John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeRussian bounties revive Trump-GOP foreign policy divide Former Trump intelligence officials say they had trouble briefing him on Russia: report GOP senator calls for Russian bounties briefing after reviewing intelligence MORE (R-Texas) said Sunday that Democrats are changing their minds on impeachment trial procedures from the previously approved rules for President Clinton’s trial. 

Ratcliffe pointed to the unanimous Senate vote to accept the guidelines of Clinton’s impeachment trial, which included Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerRussian bounties revive Trump-GOP foreign policy divide Public awareness campaigns will protect the public during COVID-19 Republicans fear backlash over Trump's threatened veto on Confederate names MORE’s (D-N.Y.) vote, who he says has changed his mind about how fair the rules are.

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“So there was an unanimous decision about how this should proceed and how it would be fair,” he said on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.” “Chuck Schumer's now pointing to those same rules, calling them absurd and saying they would be unfair.”

The representative called for Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiRussian bounties revive Trump-GOP foreign policy divide On The Money: Breaking down the June jobs report | The biggest threats facing the recovery | What will the next stimulus bill include? Military bases should not be renamed, we must move forward in the spirit of reconciliation MORE (D-Calif.) to pass along the articles of impeachment, so both sides could present to the Senate before the upper chamber decides whether additional witnesses are necessary. 

He criticized Pelosi for not giving the articles to the Senate after pushing for a speedy impeachment with what he said was a lack of evidence, adding Schumer is calling for evidence which he said should have been collected during the House inquiry.

“She's put a gun to her own head and she's looking for Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump second-term plans remain a mystery to GOP Eighty-eight years of debt pieties Ernst says Trump should sign defense policy bill with military base renaming provision MORE (R-Ky.) to give her a way out and he's not going to do that,” he said.

Host Maria BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoPoliticians, scientists back masks: They work Donald Trump Jr: It's not 'too complicated to wear a mask' Barr echoes Trump's concerns about mail-in voting, says it could 'open the floodgates of potential fraud' MORE asked the former U.S. attorney if he would represent the president in the Senate trial, to which the representative replied that “final decisions” are still being made, and he will be “resourced in whatever way I can be allowed and authorized to do that.”

“So, anything I can do to uphold my obligation to defend the Constitution, limit the damage that the Democrats have done, I'm certainly prepared and willing to do that,” Ratcliffe said. 

The House impeached the president on articles of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress last month. Pelosi has not passed along the articles of impeachment to the Senate to allow a trial to begin, calling for the Senate leaders to establish trial rules first.