Constitutional Extortion’ – Lindsey Graham Blasts Pelosi For Withholding Articles of Impeachment From Senate

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Thursday accused Speaker Pelosi of extorting the President by refusing to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate.

Pelosi gave a presser Wednesday night where she threatened to withhold the articles of impeachment from the Senate unless they bow to her demands.

“In the future, you could have a House impeach a president, hold the articles back as a way to extort the president unless you do our bidding, unless you reach an agreement to our liking,” Lindsey Graham said.

The Constitution never envisioned the House being able to impeach the president and dictate the terms of the trial in the Senate and hold them back at a time of their choosing,” he said. “That does create a Constitutional extortion mechanism that’s dangerous for the country.”

WATCH:

Pelosi declined formally to transmit the articles to the Senate on Wednesday evening after the House voted to impeach President Donald Trump.

The Senate can act, regardless — and would vote to acquit.

That’s because the Constitution is absolutely clear about the Senate’s authority. Article I, Section 3 says: “The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments.

Jennifer Jacobs of Bloomberg reported:

The White House legal theory, according to a person familiar with the legal review, is that if Trump has been officially impeached, the U.S. Senate should already have jurisdiction.

Backers of the theory would argue that the clause of the U.S. Constitution that gives the Senate “the sole Power to try all Impeachments” indicates that the impeachment isn’t formalized until the House reported the charges to the upper chamber.

Clearly it is “unconstitutional” for Pelosi not to submit the articles of impeachment to the Senate.

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