Republican Senators Say They Won’t Vote to Dismiss Impeachment Charges Against Trump Ahead of Trial

Republicans have said they will not simply dismiss the impeachment charges against President Trump without a trial, as Reuters reports:



“Republican members of the U.S Senate, poised to begin an impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the coming days, voiced opposition on Monday to any attempt to dismiss the charges against him without a trial.

The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives is expected to formally send the charges to the Senate this week, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to help acquit his fellow Republican.

House Democrats will discuss on Tuesday morning how to move forward, Pelosi said on Sunday, with the chamber possibly voting to send the charges to the Senate later that day.

Pelosi said the delay was meant to convince the U.S. public of the need to call witnesses in the Senate trial after Trump’s administration blocked some current and former officials from cooperating in the House impeachment inquiry.


McConnell has yet to say definitively how the Senate will conduct the trial.

He has not committed to allowing any witnesses or new documents in the proceedings and instead could steer the process toward a quick acquittal. McConnell has left open the possibility of deciding on witness testimony later in the trial. He has said he sees no chance of the Senate convicting Trump.

The Senate, which could open a trial rapidly after receiving the charges from the House, plans to meet daily except on Sundays each week to conduct the proceedings, likely beginning each day at noon EST (1700 GMT) and working until either 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. EST (2200 or 2300 GMT), according to congressional aides.”

The ones who would be most hurt by the calling of witnesses would be the Democrats as President Trump would surely insist on having Joe and Hunter Biden testify.

Not to mention any sitting Senators currently running for President who would be forced to leave the campaign trail for an extended period.

Democrats should be very careful what they wish for.

Reuters contributed to this report.


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