McConnell HAS TO sit down with Schumer and Pelosi….
Trump is gonna have to wait….
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 Trumpwithout 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….
The Speaker has withheld the articles, requesting McConnell and the Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) establish the rules of the trial beforehand. …
When the House of Representatives returns to work Tuesday, don’t expect an immediate announcement by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate.
The latest: A leadership aide tells Axios no decision has been made and that it may be a couple of weeks before Democrats can understand the significance of new revelations about Ukraine-related information being withheld by the White House — and whether at least four Republican senators are concerned enough to join forces with Democrats and demand more disclosures as part of President Trump’s trial.