Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced a Senate resolution Friday urging the House to “immediately transmit” the articles of impeachment to the Senate.
In his resolution, Sen. Graham criticizes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for asserting “the power to effectively veto a resolution passed by a duly elected majority of the House of Representatives” and calls her refusal to pass the articles along to the Senate a “gross infringement on the constitutional authority of the Senate to try impeachment.”
“This resolution is a simple statement by the Senate. It is our job as Senators to dispose of the articles that were lawfully passed. The Speaker’s attempt to shape or delay the trial is unprecedented. It cannot stand,” Sen. Graham said in a statement Thursday.
“In addition, I am very pleased to see Democrats are raising their voices in support of the idea that Speaker Pelosi should transmit the Articles of Impeachment for disposition in the Senate. I believe this is a turning point in the debate. What the Speaker has been doing is inconsistent with the Constitution and unfair to the President and the American people.
“I hope and expect that this constitutional standoff will end soon.”
Lindsey Graham introduces resolution saying House should immediately transmit articles of impeachment to Senate. 26 GOP co-signers, including McConnell: https://t.co/qJ1LfxE5fI pic.twitter.com/vwZGz0MoGe
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The resolution has garnered 26 Republican signatures including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).