Senator will introduce a measure to dismiss the impeachment


Senator Josh Hawley will move to have the impeachment dismissed on Monday since Speaker Pelosi is showing no signs of sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate.

Hawley, in three tweets, argued that normally “if prosecution doesn’t proceed with the case, it gets dismissed.”

“So on Monday, I will introduce a measure to dismiss this bogus impeachment for lack of prosecution,” he tweeted.

It’s not likely he will get the 51 votes needed. Both Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski have indicated they would support a trial with witnesses. Then there is Mitt Romney.

Hawley’s pledge to try to dismiss the impeachment effort comes after Trump tweeted a quote this week from Fox News arguing for the articles to be dismissed.

But Senate Republicans have also signaled that they want to acquit Trump fully, not merely dismiss the articles. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has also previously shot down the idea of dismissing the articles, saying the Senate will have a trial.

“I don’t think there’s any question that we have to take up the matter. The rules of impeachment are very clear, we’ll have to have a trial. My own view is that we should give people the opportunity to put the case on,” McConnell said in November.

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