Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly is close to finalizing a rule that would allow President Trump’s team to move to dismiss the articles of impeachment quickly if Democrats try to drag out the Trump Impeachment trial for weeks.
The discussions came as Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that the Trump Impeachment trial could extend “to six to eight weeks or even longer” if the Senate decided to hear from additional witnesses — a prospect that could interfere with the imminent presidential primary contests, as Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., likely would get pulled off the campaign trail.
McConnell, R-Ky., wouldn’t be obligated to publicize the final version of his resolution setting the parameters of the impeachment trial until Tuesday, but top Republicans have said they supported affording Trump the opportunity to cut the trial short.
“I am familiar with the resolution as it stood a day or two ago,” Hawley told Axios. “My understanding is that the resolution will give the president’s team the option to either move to judgment or to move to dismiss at a meaningful time.”
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) January 19, 2020
Alan Dershowitz: "If my argument succeeds, there's no need for witnesses." pic.twitter.com/JVmuF1sb99
— The Hill (@thehill) January 19, 2020