GOP rep: Democrats changing their mind on impeachment trial rules

Rep. John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeTrump considering Utah GOP lawmaker for top intelligence post: report  Jordan says he will support McCarthy for Speaker if majority flips next year Collins Senate bid sets off game of musical chairs for GOP 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 SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerBarr to testify before House Judiciary panel Graham won't call Barr to testify over Roger Stone sentencing recommendation Roger Stone witness alleges Trump targeted prosecutors in 'vile smear job' 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 PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Sanders on the rise as Nevada debate looms Lawmakers push back at Trump's Pentagon funding grab for wall Malaysia says it will choose 5G partners based on own standards, not US recommendations 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 McConnellErnst endorses bipartisan Grassley-Wyden bill to lower drug prices Senate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony Trump declares war on hardworking Americans with new budget request MORE (R-Ky.) to give her a way out and he's not going to do that,” he said.

Host 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 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.