The withholding of the House articles of impeachment from the Senate before a trial is the latest abuse of power by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the pursuit of sowing discord in President Donald Trump, according to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
"My reaction is she's taking a wrecking ball to the Constitution," Graham told Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures." "This is the latest in a series of constitutional trainwrecks orchestrated by Nancy Pelosi."
Graham pointed to the House Intelligence Committee under Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., restricting the presidential counsel, calling of witnesses, and confronting his accuser.
"Nancy Pelosi is denying his day in the court in the Senate, and she's actually trying to tell Mitch McConnell how to run the Senate. She's trampling on the separation of powers. It's the Senate's job to dispose of impeachment articles once passed by the House. It's not Nancy Pelosi's job.
"When it comes to Trump, the rules don't matter to Democrats, and that's dangerous and sad."
The "media is so in the tank" for Democrats, who "hate him so much," Graham added.
"They don't love anything constitutional anymore," he said. "All the rules have been thrown in a ditch to get Trump, from the way they impeached him to now denying his day in court."
Graham, a House manager in the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton, predicts both the House Democrats and the presidential counsel will state their cases, the calling of witnesses will be rejected via party-line Senate vote, and the president will be acquitted because of the lack of votes for impeachment and removal of the president.
"Impeachment is a dead cat, stop playing with it," Graham said.
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