GOP Senators Reject Plans To Dismiss Trump Impeachment

Headline Roundup January 14th, 2020

Several Senate Republicans have indicated that they are opposed to the dismissal of the articles of impeachment against President Trump.

Most Republicans appear to agree with Senator Mitch McConnell's plan to start the trial first, then consider witnesses. Democrats, however, want to consider witnesses upfront.

GOP Senators Reject Plans To Dismiss Trump Impeachment

From the Right
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Senate Republicans signaled they would reject the idea of simply voting to dismiss the articles of impeachment against President Trump as the House prepares to send the charges to the chamber for the historic trial.

“I think our members, generally are not interested in the motion to dismiss. They think both sides need to be heard,” Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., who is part of GOP leadership, said Monday.

It will be only the third presidential impeachment trial in American history, a serious and dramatic endeavor coming amid the backdrop of...

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President Trump is sending mixed signals to Senate Republicans about what he wants from a soon-to-begin impeachment trial.

Trump’s weekend tweets backing an “outright dismissal” of the articles of impeachment put him at odds with the strategy Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has publicly advocated for weeks.

Most Senate Republicans have embraced the call for no witnesses and say they are sticking with their plan for a trial — albeit a quick one.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), an adviser to McConnell, shrugged off Trump’s criticism, arguing that...

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From the Left
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Top Senate Republicans on Monday rejected President Trump’s call for outright dismissal of the impeachment charges against him, but continued to grapple with the shape of the Senate trial that could begin as soon as this week.

Most Senate Republicans are eager to stage a trial that ends with Trump’s acquittal and vindication on charges that he abused the power of his office in his dealings with Ukraine and obstructed a subsequent investigation in the House. But over the weekend, Trump urged the Senate simply to dismiss the charges against...

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