Senate Republicans on Monday introduced legislation to dismiss articles of impeachment against President Trump before the House sends them over for trial, The Hill reports.
The resolution, introduced by roughly a dozen GOP senators, would give the House 25 days to send articles of impeachment over to the Senate. After that, a senator could offer a motion to dismiss “with prejudice for failure by the House of Representatives to prosecute such articles” with a simple majority vote, according to Hawley’s proposal.
The move comes as some Senate Republicans have threatened to change the chamber’s rules to allow them to dismiss the impeachment charges against Trump, even though the articles have not been sent over from the House.
According to The Hill, Hawley’s resolution has support from GOP Sens. Rick Scott (Fla.), Mike Braun (Ind.), Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), Ted Cruz (Texas), Steve Daines (Mont.), John Barrasso (Wyo.), Tom Cotton (Ark.), Joni Ernst (Iowa), David Perdue (Ga.) and James Inhofe (Okla.).
Sen. Ted Cruz accused Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats of having “made a mockery of our Constitution and abused impeachment for political gain.”
Sen. Perdue added that “if the House refuses to send over the articles, the Senate should have the ability to dismiss and move on to finding real solutions for the American people.”
The House Speaker has not tipped her hand on when she will send the articles, saying last month that she wanted more details on the rules for the trial. Democrats expect she will eventually send the articles, potentially as soon as this week.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said over the weekend that he would try to work with McConnell “to change the rules of the Senate to start the trial without her, if necessary.”