Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday said he will back a resolution to allow for lawmakers to dismiss the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump before the House passes them over.
Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley said that McConnell signed on to the resolution as a co-sponsor, The Hill reported. The resolution would give the House 25 days to send articles of impeachment over to the Senate. If the House does not send the articles to the Senate, any Senator could put forward a motion to dismiss the articles of impeachment.
“Dems said impeachment was URGENT. Now they don’t want to have a trial, because they have no evidence. In real world, if prosecution doesn’t proceed with case, it gets dismissed. So on Monday, I will introduce measure to dismiss this bogus impeachment for lack of prosecution,” Hawley said in a tweet when announcing the resolution. (RELATED: ‘They Have No Evidence’: Josh Hawley To Introduce Measure To Dismiss Articles Of Impeachment In The Senate)
In November, McConnell said that the Senate cannot dismiss the articles of impeachment against Trump. But, after reading Hawley’s resolution and seeing the delay from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to send the articles to the Senate, his opinion has seemed to change. (RELATED: McConnell On Dismissal Of Trump Impeachment Articles: ‘We’ll Have To Have A Trial’)
“I don’t think there’s any question that we have to take up the matter. The rules of impeachment are very clear, we’ll have to have a trial. My own view is that we should give people the opportunity to put the case on,” McConnell told reporters after being asked about dismissing the articles of impeachment.
McConnell’s office did not immediately respond for comment when asked by the Daily Caller about his support for the Hawley resolution.