The battle over President Donald Trump’s impeachment has been an unprecedented nightmare of legal and legislative limbo, and that doesn’t look to be changing anytime soon.
Tuesday will bring with it the Senate’s impeachment trial, in which the GOP, led by the masterful Mitch McConnell, is looking for a swift and satisfying vindication for the President. This position may be in part due to the bizarre and frustrating behavior displayed by the Democrats in the House – which they control with a bullying majority.
The liberal hi-jinx were so troubling, in fact, that McConnell has been forced to include a “kill switch” in the rules for the higher chamber’s adjudication.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is as of now including in the U.S. Senate impeachment trial rules a “kill switch” that effectively allows for the president’s legal team to seek an immediate verdict or dismissal of the case should Democrats engage in any shenanigans like they did in the House process.
The revelation comes after the House finally late last week formally sent the Articles of Impeachment it adopted before Christmas—after holding them for more than a month without transmission—to the U.S. Senate, thereby triggering the start of a Senate trial. The Senate will formally commence its trial procedures in votes this coming week, and while some Republicans want to outright dismiss the charges altogether from the outset, others believe a trial should take place.
Republicans weren’t mincing their words, either.
“It’s incumbent upon the Senate to preserve the right of the President’s legal team to ask for a verdict or move to dismiss this sham impeachment anytime they see fit during the Senate trial,” a source close to House GOP leadership told Breitbart News. “Otherwise, Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans risk allowing Adam Schiff and his conspiracy caucus to hijack and take control of the trial.”
McConnell and his colleagues had even suggested possibly attempting to dismiss the articles of impeachment outright, but that plan was stymied by shortcomings in the vote department.