House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has some wild ideas up her sleeve, that’s for sure, but how long can she make them last is the real question.
After the House passed a couple of articles of impeachment against President Trump, Pelosi simply held onto them. She never sent them to the Senate, which is the next logical step in the process, for a trial. Pelosi seems to be refusing to follow protocol in hopes of steering the Senate’s procedural committee toward allowing witnesses.
Mitch McConnell isn’t going to let that happen, of course, and now some of the GOP faithful are now suggesting to the Kentucky Senator that they go on the offensive and try to kill impeachment outright.
Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri joined with a host of fellow Republicans Monday to introduce a resolution allowing the chamber to dismiss articles of impeachment against President Trump for lack of prosecution, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delays sending the case for trial.
The resolution specifically would update Senate rules to allow the chamber to bring a motion dismissing the articles.
“In the real world, when a prosecutor brings a case but refuses to try it, the court has the ability and the defendant has the right – the constitutional right, I might add — to have those articles, those indictments, those charges dismissed,” Hawley said in a speech on the Senate floor. “That is precisely the action that I am proposing today.”
Hawley joined with co-sponsors Sens. Rick Scott of Florida; Mike Braun of Indiana; Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee; Ted Cruz of Texas; Steve Daines of Montana; John Barrasso of Wyoming; Tom Cotton of Arkansas; Joni Ernst of Iowa; David Perdue of Georgia; and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma.
We can only imagine what sort of spike we’d see in cases of Trump Derangement Syndrome were this to occur.