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Politics McConnell unlikely to pursue dismissal vote on impeachment articles

16:50  14 january  2020
16:50  14 january  2020 Source:   nbcnews.com

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wanted to pursue dismissal , the votes simply were not there to succeed — at least not at the As the trial has approached, Senator Mitch McConnell , Republican of Kentucky and the majority the whole process and going to final arguments and having a vote on each article of impeachment ,” she

When the House votes to send articles of impeachment to the Senate, it sets off a series of choreographed steps Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, has said he has the votes to push More likely, senators will eventually vote on each of the two articles of impeachment .

WASHINGTON — While President Donald Trump has tweeted that he would like to see the Senate dismiss the impeachment articles against him ahead of a trial, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is unlikely to hold a such a vote.

Mitch McConnell wearing a suit and tie: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell© J. Scott Applewhite Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

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.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer would like to see "2020 Republican incumbents in tough voting situations. So I think recognizing that that's his goal, I think it won't surprise you that we're thinking about that too, and how to avoid that as much as possible," Cornyn said.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to hold a final vote to acquit President Donald Trump, should he be impeached , when a majority of senators believe his trial has run its course instead of holding a vote on dismissing the articles of impeachment

Mr. McConnell has said he intends to run a trial similar to the 1999 impeachment proceeding against President Bill Clinton, meaning both House Under the rules Mr. McConnell intends to adopt, senators will eventually be able to vote on whether to call witnesses or other evidence, but there is no

McConnell announced last week that he has enough Republican votes to pass a resolution outlining the parameters of a trial that mirrors the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1999. While such a resolution would mandate that opening statements and Senate questions come before a vote on whether to allow witnesses, the text of the resolution has not been released, in part, because McConnell has been surveying his members on the possibility of a motion to dismiss.

"I think our members are generally not interested in a motion to dismiss," Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., a member of leadership, said. He noted that the Clinton impeachment trial included a motion to dismiss, but added, "I think I'm safe in saying there's almost no interest" in one for this trial.

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A House vote to transmit the articles to the Senate will bring to a close a standoff between Pelosi and McConnell over the rules for the trial. Pelosi hasn't relayed the articles of impeachment to the Senate for trial three weeks since President Donald Trump was impeached on charges of abuse and

McConnell : Pelosi's 'strange gambit' with holding impeachment articles from Senate failed. McConnell 's latest comments on impeachment came a day after Pelosi warned in a television McConnell has said he has enough votes among the Senate's majority Republican members to

Instead of a motion to dismiss, Republicans are contemplating alternatives to move quickly but look less dismissive of the trial and the charges.

A motion to dismiss was added in the Clinton trial to appease Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.V., but took place after the first two phases of the trial — opening statements and the question-and-answer period — had concluded. That motion failed and Senators moved on to hear from witnesses.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is one of those in a difficult position of attempting to show her independence from the president without upsetting his supporters. She said she voted against the motion to dismiss in the Clinton impeachment and "anticipates" doing so again — if there is a vote on it.

"I would anticipate voting against a motion to dismiss as opposed to going through the whole process and then going to a final arguments and having a vote on each article of impeachment," Collins said Monday night.

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Senate rules do not currently allow for the dismissal articles of impeachment prior to a trial, although some Republican senators have signed on to support a measure introduced Missouri’s Josh Hawley, which would amend the law to allow such a move.

A successful vote to extend the trial for witnesses could potentially kick the impeachment past the Once Pelosi names the House impeachment managers and transmits the articles to the Senate, it The House approved the two articles of impeachment against Trump on charges of abuse of power

Retiring Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., an institutionalist who could break with the president, said Monday evening that he would not vote on a motion to dismiss because he wants to decide if he wants to hear from witnesses.

"I would vote against the motion to dismiss. I think we need to hear the case. Ask your questions. Then, as they did in the Clinton impeachment, we ought to decide then whether we need to hear from additional witnesses or need additional documents. So a motion to dismiss is not consistent with hearing the case," Alexander told NBC News.

A senior Democratic aide said McConnell's likely decision not to pursue a motion to dismiss shows McConnell is "desperately trying to keep his members in line." And vulnerable Republicans could still face such a vote if a Democrat calls for a dismissal at any time during the trial.

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