Republican Senator Announces Plan to Dismiss Impeachment Articles

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) announced late Thursday that he plans to dismiss two articles of impeachment that the Democrat-led House of Representatives passed in December against President Donald Trump.

Hawley on Twitter outlines his reasoning for the move and said that Democrats “dont want to have a trial, because they have no evidence.”

“Dems said impeachment was URGENT. Now they dont want to have a trial, because they have no evidence,” Hawley wrote. “In real world, if prosecution doesnt proceed with case, it gets dismissed. So on Monday, I will introduce measure to dismiss this bogus impeachment for lack of prosecution.”

“This will expose Dems circus for what it is: a fake impeachment, abuse of the Constitution, based on no evidence,” he added. “If Dems wont proceed with trial, bogus articles should be dismissed and @realDonaldTrump fully cleared.”

Hawley said that his proposal would take the form of a motion to update Senate impeachment rules that will address what he calls an “unprecedented attempt to obstruct Senate trial.”

The Epoch Times has reached out to the offices of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for comment.

The president in a tweet earlier this week quoted former Bush adviser Brad Blakeman who spoke to Fox News regarding the options the Senate can take once the impeachment articles are sent over from the House.

Trump wrote, quoting Blakeman, “Its my opinion as a lawyer that the Articles of Impeachment are defective on their face, which means I would like to see a Motion to Dismiss and have this disbursed without the necessity of a trial. I dont think there should be a trial. I think it should be dismissed on 51 votes, which is procedural. You dont need two thirds. Brad Blakeman @FoxNews A great lawyer & person. Thank you Brad!”

The Democrat-led House of Representatives formally charged Trump on Dec. 18 by approving two articles of impeachment (pdf)—abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. A Senate trial on the charges has not begun and the House has not passed the articles to the Senate.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) _

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