Graham Mulls Rule Changes To Begin Senate Trial Without Articles Of Impeachment

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Sen. Lindsey Graham said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is playing political games with the articles of impeachment.

Senator Lindsey Graham is mulling over rule changes in the Senate that would allow President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial to move forward without receiving articles of impeachment from the House, according to The Hill.

Though the House passed two articles of impeachment against Trump — one for abuse of power and the other for obstruction of Congress — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not yet sent them to the Senate.

Pelosi indicated she is awaiting assurances from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that the charges against Trump will receive a fair trial.

But Graham believes the Senate could move forward without the articles if rule changes are implemented.

The South Carolina Republican and staunch ally of the president told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that he hopes to work with McConnell on the issue if Pelosi does not send the articles of impeachment by the end of this week.

“What I would do if she continues to refuse to send the articles as required by the Constitution, I would work with Sen. McConnell to change the rules of the Senate to start the trial without her if necessary,” he said.

Graham said Pelosi’s refusal to follow protocol is merely a “political stunt” meant to “extort...a trial to her liking.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Sunday that he is mulling rule changes in an effort to quickly start the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump without the articles that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is withholding from the upper chamber

Graham told Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures” that he would work with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to change the chamber's rules if the articles are not sent this week.

“What I would do if she continues to refuse to send the articles as required by the Constitution, I would work with Sen. McConnell to change the rules of the Senate to start the trial without her if necessary,” he said.

The South Carolina senator accused Pelosi of a "political stunt" meant to “extort...a trial to her liking.”

“If we don’t get the articles this week, then we need to take matters in our own hands and change the rules, deem them to be delivered to the Senate, so we can start the trial, invite the House over to participate if they would like. If they don’t come, dismiss the case and get on with governing the country,” Graham said.

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