December 12, 2019

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Republican lawmaker asks Lindsey Graham to ‘rethink’ Senate’s impeachment strategy.

While Trump and his conservative allies in the House are pushing for an aggressive defense in the Senate impeachment trial — which they view as a chance to go on offense and clear the president’s name — Senate GOP leaders are taking a different approach. They’ve made clear that they don’t want the trial to turn into a spectacle, increasing the likelihood that long-simmering tensions between the House and Senate GOP could boil over.

“It is urgent we fight fire with fire and tell them enough is enough,” Banks said in the letter, obtained by POLITICO. “House Republicans have done all they can to push back and expose their motives to the American people, soon it will be at your doorstep.”

Banks also asked Graham to reconsider his position on conducting a speedy trial.

“We need to take our time and figure out exactly how Congress found itself in the current situation: poised to impeach a president on a completely partisan vote with no evidence and flimsy charges just before his re-election bid,” he wrote.

If the Senate could turn impeachment back on House Dems, it would be quite the feat of political jujitsu.

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