Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has signed a resolution to change the Senate’s rules to allow for Republicans to dismiss articles of impeachment against President Trump before the House sends them over.
Changing the rules would either require a two-thirds vote or for Republicans to deploy the “nuclear” option.
McConnell has repeatedly lashed out at Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for delaying sending over the two articles of impeachment.
“This is what they have done: They have initiated one of the most grave and most unsettling processes in our Constitution and then refused to allow a resolution,” he said on Thursday.
‘The Speaker began something that she herself predicted would be ‘so divisive to the country’ … and now she is unilaterally saying it cannot move forward towards a resolution,” he added.
The impasse began after several Republicans openly said they won’t be “impartial” jurors and McConnell declared he will be coordinating with the White House on the impeachment. McConnell also refused to allow witnesses in the Senate trial.
Spokesmen for McConnell didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about his support.