GOP Congressman Jokingly Instructs Nancy Pelosi How to Deliver Articles of Impeachment from House to Senate

Texas Republican Congressman Chip Roy jokingly instructed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi how to walk from the House of Representatives to the Senate in a video expressing GOP frustration at her weeks-long decision to hold onto the articles of impeachment.

Just hours after Roy posted the tongue-in-cheek video to social media, Pelosi made an announcement Friday that she would send over the two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Roy joined dozens of Republican lawmakers and Trump himself in demanding Pelosi move forward with the process despite Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's insistence he will hold the trial without calling witnesses or allowing new documented evidence.

Roy's question of "what's the holdup?" in the video has been echoed by many Republicans and Democrats who have challenged Pelosi's controversial decision to pause the process.

"@SpeakerPelosi can't seem to find the Senate, so I took the time to show her the path from the House floor to the Senate floor. Guess what? It only took 1 minute and 37 seconds. Madam speaker, what's the holdup?" Roy remarked on Twitter Thursday, alongside a video of him walking and talking with a person recording the jocular jaunt.

Roy, who voted alongside every other Republican House member in opposing both articles of impeachment, cajoled Pelosi into sending over the articles of impeachment by making light of her "now knowing her way" to between the two Capitol Hill chambers. Roy's video lasts just over one minute and 30 seconds.

"What I thought I would do is demonstrate for the American people how long it takes to walk between the House of Representatives over to the United States Senate," Roy said. "Because under our Constitution, when one house acts and they pass something, in this case they passed articles of impeachment, it's the obligation of the House to deliver the impeachment to the United States Senate."

"They're perfectly ready to take the articles of impeachment [in the Senate]," Roy continued. "Hopefully this will encourage Speaker Pelosi to do her duty. It's really complicated as you can see. So, Speaker, what are you waiting on?"

Roy and Republicans didn't have to wait long.

Pelosi signaled Friday her intention to send the articles over next week as the president railed against her on Twitter to stop holding up the process. Proponents of Pelosi's move to hold onto the articles of impeachment have noted that it appeared to persuade former national security adviser John Bolton to offer to testify. Additionally, the several weeks of hold-ups exposed rifts between Senate Republicans--among them Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski--saying they support the calling of witnesses during the trial.

Pelosi's move garnered support from many Democrats who said it was wise to demand the Senate lay out a plan for a fair trial beforehand--something McConnell and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham previously said they would not do. But California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein joined the GOP voices of dissent this week in calling for Pelosi to send the articles over.

"If it's serious and urgent, send them over. If it isn't, don't send it over," Feinstein said.

Congressman Roy's office did not immediately respond to Newsweek's requests for comment Saturday afternoon.

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GOP congressman Chip Roy instructed House Speaker Pelosi how to walk from the House of Representatives to the Senate in a video expressing GOP frustration at her weekslong decision to hold onto the articles of impeachment. Screenshot: Chip Roy | Twitter