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Graham: Let's Change Senate Impeachment Rules

Senator and Trump ally wants to begin trial quickly, even if Pelosi won't budge
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2020 1:11 AM CST
Updated Jan 6, 2020 7:21 AM CST
Sen. Lindsey Graham wants to speed up the Senate impeachment trial.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Sen. Lindsey Graham wants to get the impeachment trial over with as quickly as possible, and he's suggesting changing the Senate rules if Nancy Pelosi continues to hold things up. Pelosi still has not formally given the Senate the two articles of impeachment passed by the House, and the Senate cannot proceed with its trial until she does. "If we don’t get the articles this week, then we need to take matters in our own hands and change the rules," said Graham Sunday on Fox News, per the Hill. Graham wants to allow the Senate to begin its trial without the articles, with the goal of wrapping it up by acquitting President Trump by the end of January.

However, the Washington Post thinks it's highly unlikely, if not impossible, for the Senate to make such a move at this point. For one thing, Graham would need 67 votes to change the rules on impeachment, meaning he would need Democratic support. What's more, the newspaper also quotes sources who think the issue will be irrelevant soon because Pelosi is expected to deliver the articles this week. (Graham has made clear he will vote to acquit Trump.)

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