Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) said on Sunday Dec. 22, “Nancy Pelosi is taking a wrecking ball to the Constitution” by refusing to hand over the impeachment articles to the Senate.

During an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures” program, the senator said the House speaker’s refusal to pass the impeachment articles that were voted on last week to the Senate “is the latest in a series of constitutional train wrecks orchestrated by Nancy Pelosi.”

“She’s trampling on the separation of powers,” Graham said. “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,” he added.

In this regard, political law expert Joel B. Pollak said last week that the U.S. Senate should accuse House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of obstruction of Congress.

Graham explained how during the impeachment process, “the president was not allowed to have counsel present during the Intel Committee, he could not call witnesses on his behalf, he could not confront his accuser.”

He added, “Now that he’s been charged with two articles of impeachment, Nancy Pelosi is denying his day in the court in the Senate and she is actually trying to tell [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell how to run the Senate.”

The Democratic majority in the House approved last week, without any Republican support and with three Democratic “defections,” to send two articles to the Senate for the impeachment of President Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

The accusation of abuse of power is based, according to the Democrats, on the fact that President Trump had communicated with the Ukrainian president to ask for international help in order to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter for corruption with a major Ukrainian energy company, something both presidents have repeatedly and categorically denied.

As for the accusation of obstruction of Congress, Graham explained to María Bartiromo that it has not happened at all, since the president only made use of executive privilege granted by law. 

Last month, President Trump did not allow senior officials of his administration to testify at the impeachment using that executive privilege and in order to protect the office of the presidency and future presidents, according to Fox News.

“The court’s available to every American, including Donald Trump. So if you call these witnesses, who worked for the president after he’s invoked executive privilege, if you deny him his day in court, then you’re abusing the constitutional rights of Donald Trump as president and you’re putting the entire presidency at risk,” Graham said.

The president believes that Pelosi is afraid to continue the process in the Senate, according to one of his tweets.

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