Skip to comments.GOP senators introduce resolution to change rules, dismiss impeachment without articles
Posted on 01/06/2020 1:28:53 PM PST by BlackFemaleArmyColonel
Roughly a dozen GOP senators want to change the Senates rules and allow for lawmakers to dismiss articles of impeachment against President Trump before the House sends them over.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) introduced the resolution on Monday, arguing the Senate's impeachment rules do not envision a scenario where the House would delay transmitting articles against a president, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has done.
"The Constitution gives the Senate sole power to adjudicate articles of impeachment, not the House. If Speaker Pelosi is afraid to try her case, the articles should be dismissed for failure to prosecute and Congress should get back to doing the peoples business," Hawley said in a statement.
The resolution would give the House 25 days to send articles of impeachment over to the Senate. After that, a senator could offer a motion to dismiss "with prejudice for failure by the House of Representatives to prosecute such articles" with a simple majority vote, according to Hawley's proposal.
The resolution comes as some Senate Republicans have mulled changing the chamber's rules to allow them to dismiss the impeachment charges against Trump, even though the articles have not been sent over from the House.
Hawley's resolution has support from GOP Sens. Rick Scott (Fla.), Mike Braun (Ind.), Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), Ted Cruz (Texas), Steve Daines (Mont.), John Barrasso (Wyo.), Tom Cotton (Ark.), Joni Ernst (Iowa), David Perdue (Ga.) and James Inhofe (Okla.).
"Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats have made a mockery of our Constitution and abused impeachment for political gain. Now, theyre undermining the role of the Senate by attempting to dictate the terms of the Senates trial," Cruz said in a statement.
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Introduce it, and watch it pass, with some D's crossing to vote for it, and no Pubbies crossing to vote against it.
What’s to prevent her and our domestic enemies from keeping voting on and resubmitting these horseclinton “articles of ‘impeachment’”?
Rats have no shame, no hope to win in November, and so far have been positively reinforced in their war on America for electing President Trump.
The “Nazzi, Your Time Is UP” resolution
Pack up your Shiff and go home
I don’t see how the Senate can have a trial on an impeachment that hasn’t happened.
Or dismiss one- anymore than it could consider impeachment without the House having voted, and delivered, it.
I get the PR aspect but it’s all dangerously silly.
It’s about time.
Until the general public...gets sick of it.
That said...the LSM will never get sick of impeachment...
I've a feeling...many Dims aren't liking the LSM much anymore....
Very reasonable. Similar to if the president fails to sign a a bill but also fails to return it to the Congress, the bill becomes law, unless the Congress adjourns in the meantime, when it’s void
This would work for everybody except true patriots that desire jail for sedition...or maybe death for treason.
I would buy lottery tickets to win the privilege to drop the floors of the gallows.
Oh yeah, I am virtue signaling!
Too many Americans are too busy watching the circus’s and staring at their phones to care that much though.
It's the FIRST day the Senate is back in session.
I believe this is a needs 60 votes to proceed DOA resolution. Beltway theater and no more, unfortunately.
Yup. Dismiss with no trial. End this silly, pathetic, soap opera.
The House voted 19 days ago. The articles should have been on McConnel’s desk an hour later.
Hold the Speaker in Contempt of Congress and you have a deal.
Its going to pass. I think 25 days is plenty. If the House still hasnt appointed its managers and transmitted the articles of impeachment by then, the next step is to dismiss them with prejudice and do a directed vote of acquittal of the President.
This wouldnt be necessary if the House wasnt holding impeachment hostage.
No, changing the Senate rules only requires a majority. The Constitution gives the Senate full discretion on how they can treat an impeachment. The only reason they are waiting is because of a Senate rule, not the Constitution. The Constitution gives little guidance and a lot of latitude to the Senate.
Perhaps Marxine can send some peach mints to the senate. “a more perfect union” or a 3rd world republic with 1st rate weapons?
25 DAYS! at this point pelosi should have 25 minutes or it’s null.
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