GOP rep: Democrats changing their mind on impeachment trial rules

Rep. John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeUFOs are an intriguing science problem; Congress must act accordingly How transparency on UFOs can unite a deeply divided nation Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting 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 SchumerMcConnell pushes vaccines, but GOP muddles his message Biden administration stokes frustration over Canada Schumer blasts McCarthy for picking people who 'supported the big lie' for Jan. 6 panel MORE’s (D-N.Y.) vote, who he says has changed his mind about how fair the rules are.

“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 PelosiYellen to Congress: Raise the debt ceiling or risk 'irreparable harm' Freedom Caucus presses McCarthy to force vote to oust Pelosi The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Tokyo Olympics kick off with 2020-style opening ceremony 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 McConnellHas Trump beaten the system? Yellen to Congress: Raise the debt ceiling or risk 'irreparable harm' The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Tokyo Olympics kick off with 2020-style opening ceremony MORE (R-Ky.) to give her a way out and he's not going to do that,” he said.

Host 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 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.