Politics Eleven Senate Republicans co-sponsor resolution to dismiss impeachment articles against Trump

23:25  06 january  2020
23:25  06 january  2020 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

Trump Promotes Argument That Senate Republicans Should Dismiss Articles of Impeachment

  Trump Promotes Argument That Senate Republicans Should Dismiss Articles of Impeachment President Donald Trump promoted an argument that the GOP-led Senate should move to dismiss the articles of impeachment against him, thereby eliminating the need for a trial. Trump quoted the words of former Bush advisor Brad Blakeman on Tuesday afternoon.“It’s my opinion as a lawyer that the Articles of Impeachment are defective on their face, which means I would like to see a Motion to Dismiss and have this disbursed without the necessity of a trial. I don’t think there should be a trial. I think it should be dismissed on 51 votes, which is procedural. You don’t need two thirds,’” Trump tweeted, @-ing Fox News and thanking Blakeman, “a great lawyer & person.

Hawley was joined by nine other senators as original co - sponsors for a resolution that would alter Senate rules so that a dismissal vote could be "If she refuses to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate , the Senate should be able to dismiss them". Pelosi is demanding Senate testimony

WASHINGTON — Senate leaders wrangled on Friday over the terms of President Trump ’s impeachment trial, deepening their impasse and throwing the start date further into doubt amid disputes over whether to call witnesses or introduce documentary evidence.

Nearly a dozen Senate Republicans have put forth a resolution that, if passed, would seek to dismiss articles of impeachment against President Trump immediately.

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"The Constitution gives the Senate sole power to adjudicate articles of impeachment, not the House," said Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, who introduced the resolution, in a statement Monday. "If Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi is afraid to try her case, the articles should be dismissed for failure to prosecute and Congress should get back to doing the people’s business."

The resolution would change Senate rules to allow the upper chamber to vote on articles of impeachment if the House fails to send the articles over within 25 days. Pelosi has so far refused to send the articles because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will not commit to having witnesses at the trial.

GOP senator plans to seek dismissal of impeachment articles

  GOP senator plans to seek dismissal of impeachment articles Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) will try to dismiss the articles of impeachment against President Trump that House Democrats have delayed sending to the Senate. Hawley, in a pair of tweets, argued that normally "if prosecution doesn't proceed with case, it gets dismissed.""So on Monday, I will introduce measure to dismiss this bogus impeachment for lack of prosecution," he tweeted. This will expose Dems' circus for what it is: a fake impeachment, abuse of the Constitution, based on no evidence.

Senate Republicans quickly coalesced behind an effort to condemn the House’s impeachment inquiry late last week. Now their plans are up in the The conflict underscores how Senate Republicans have struggled to unite on a response to the House’s fast-moving impeachment inquiry into Trump , which

For those Senate Republicans who are refusing to condemn the House-led impeachment inquiry, three may be the loneliest number. Murkowski voted against the Senate 's Trump -backed effort to repeal Obamacare in 2017, but later came out in support of repealing the Obamacare individual

"Since the start of the impeachment process, Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats have made a mockery of our Constitution and abused impeachment for political gain," Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who is co-sponsoring the resolution, said. "The Senate has the sole authority to try impeachment. It is the Senate’s duty to take up these articles without delay, and to resolve them in a timely and constitutionally appropriate manner."

Sens. Joni Ernst of Iowa and John Barrasso of Wyoming, who are part of the Senate Republican leadership team, both co-sponsored the resolution as well. GOP Sens. Rick Scott of Florida, Mike Braun of Indiana, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Steve Daines of Montana, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, David Perdue of Georgia, and James Inhofe of Oklahoma have also thrown their support behind it.

McConnell said last week that Republicans could not hold a trial without Democrats sending over impeachment articles, but Sen. Lindsey Graham indicated on Sunday that he is open to a rule change that would allow the chamber to move forward without the articles from Pelosi.

McConnell unlikely to pursue dismissal vote on impeachment articles .
There's little appetite from Republicans with tough re-election fights for a vote to dismiss the charges against President Trump outright.That's because there is little appetite from Republican members facing difficult re-election races in 2020 to cast a vote that could be seen as overly protective of the president, GOP aides and senators say.

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