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Graham Says Pelosi Delaying Impeachment Articles in Senate Amounts to ‘Constitutional Extortion’

impeachment Lindsey Graham spin Trump russiaSenator Lindsey Graham on Thursday slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s threat to delay sending the articles of impeachment passed Wednesday to the Senate, saying the decision would amount to “constitutional extortion.”

“Not allowing the Senate to act on approved Articles of Impeachment becomes Constitutional extortion and creates chaos for the presidency,” Graham wrote on Twitter. “It also sets in motion a tremendous threat to our Constitutional system of checks and balances.”

The House on Wednesday evening approved two articles of impeachment, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, against President Trump, with only three Democrats voting against at least one of the articles and all Republicans voting against impeachment.

Pelosi must now deliver the articles to the Republican-controlled Senate for a trial but has not committed to doing so until the Senate Republicans agree to Democrats’ conditions for a fair trial.

Such a move by Democrats would be a “breathtaking violation of the Constitution, an act of political cowardice, and fundamentally unfair to President,” Graham charged.

“What is driving this crazy idea?” the South Carolina Republican continued, calling the charges agaisnt the president a “very weak case” which “never should have been brought forward.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell outraged Democrats when he pledged last week that the Senate will be in “total coordination” with the White House on the impeachment process.

“The case is so darn weak coming over from the House,” McConnell said. “I’m going to take my cues from the president’s lawyers.”

A frustrated Trump also weighed in on Pelosi’s warning to delay the Senate trial.

“Now the Do Nothing Party want to Do Nothing with the Articles & not deliver them to the Senate, but it’s Senate’s call!” Trump wrote Thursday in a tweet.

Reprinted with permission from - National Review - by Mairead McArdle

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PaulE

The House’s role in this farce ended when the Democrats for the two nonsensical articles of impeachment that aren’t even specified in the Constitution as valid grounds for impeachment. McConnell so far is on the right track on how to deal with the Democrats in the House and Senate. Graham unfortunately is just preening for the cameras, yet again, and has done next to nothing for most of the year. Lots of talk, but no real action. Now for what should be done to deal with the latest Demoicrat tactic to keep this impeachment nonsense alive. McConnell should just simply issue a letter to Pelosi on the first day when Congress is back in session in January. In it, he should state that if the House doesn’t send the articles over to the Senate within say 30 days, the Senate will simply vote to dismiss the case because of unreasonable… Read more »

Roy Law

I am not so sure this is constitutional extortion on the part of Pelosi as it is actually embarrassment in how weak the Dimorats Articles of Impeachment ar, and the fact that they stand no chance in the Senate. She no longer has any authority in this matter. It now resides with the Senate, and she is woefully wrong if she thinks she can force any agreements from Mitch McConnell as to the direction the trial will go in the Senate, or as to which witnesses will be called if any. Even Schumer can’t force anything out of McConnell, especially since Schumer has taken a position that is 180 degrees opposite from the one he took when Clinton was impeached. Poor ole Nancy is becoming a blubbering idiot and showing how ignorant she actually is.

brian dutton

My frustration with Republicans is DO SOMETHING ABOUT!!!!! I am a life long Republican, but other than Pres Trump sending out Tweets, the Dems seem to control EVERYTHING!. Even I am wearing down because you never see any Dems getting convicted. The Republicans seem paralyzed. Can’t this go to the Supreme Court? How come NO Dems are ever investigated for THIER Taxes exposed,?
The facts are the Republicans have NOT gone on the offensive enough with their OWN Media accruals. BUY some tv and Radio stations!!!!!!!!!! BUY a Search Engine…MSN and Yahoo CONTROL most of what people see on the internet!!!!! Its SO discouraging to see no station other than Fox taking on the Dems. The Republicans do NOT get their message out like they need to.

Roy Law

I am not so sure this is