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'How Is This Going To Work?' — As Senate Trial Looms, Arizona Representatives Discuss Impeachment

Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-Tucson) and Debbie Lesko (R-Surprise)
Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-Tucson) and Debbie Lesko (R-Surprise)

The U.S. House of Representatives is likely to pass along articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate this week.

Arizona’s Democratic congressional delegation is defending House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision not to send them sooner.

Raul Grijalva (D-Tucson) says there were questions that needed answers before the Senate takes up the case.

“How is this going to work? Is there going to be other witnesses brought forth? Is there going to be any additional information and documentation brought forth?" said Grijalva at the Capitol on Monday. "And what kind of a real trial is it going to be?”

Many of those questions remain unanswered. But Republicans like Debbie Lesko (R-Surprise) aren’t buying it.

Lesko agrees with Doug Collins, with whom she sits on the House Judiciary Committee. He believes that Democrats are more concerned with timing than facts.

“Collins kept on saying all you care about is the clock and the calendar and they denied it, saying ‘oh no, we have to do this before Christmas, there’s imminent national security risk’ — and then she holds on to it?” Lesko said. 

Arizona’s congressional contingent voted along party lines on both articles in the full House with all five Democrats favoring impeachment and all four Republicans against.

Phil Latzman is an award-winning digital journalist and broadcast professional with over 25 years of experience covering news and sports on a multitude of platforms.