Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri recently introduced a new measure which would allow the Senate to dismiss articles of impeachment if they are not delivered in 25 days.
It is a completely reasonable proposal which was offered in response to Nancy Pelosi’s refusal to do so.
Now Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has signed on to the idea.
McConnell Backs Hawley’s Measure to Change Impeachment Rules Without Articles
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have engaged in a standoff throughout the week–Leader McConnell always had the upper hand.
Leader McConnell, along with ten other GOP senators, now support a resolution introduced by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) that would allow the GOP-majority to dismiss articles of impeachment if Speaker Pelosi fails to deliver them within 25 days.
“Whensoever the Senate shall receive notice from the House of Representatives that managers are appointed on their part to conduct an impeachment against any person and are directed to carry articles of impeachment to the Senate, the Secretary of the Senate shall immediately inform the House of Representatives that the Senate is ready to receive the managers for the purpose of exhibiting such articles of impeachment, agreeably to such notice.
If, following adoption of such articles, the House of Representatives does not so notify the Senate or otherwise provide for such articles to be exhibited to the Senate within 25 calendar days from the date of adoption of such articles, as recorded in the Journal of the House of Representatives, such articles shall be deemed exhibited before the Senate and it shall be in order for any Senator to offer a motion to dismiss such articles with prejudice for failure by the House of Representatives to prosecute such articles,” the resolution says.
It’s about time they called Pelosi’s bluff.
Breaking: @senatemajldr signs on to @HawleyMO resolution to allow potential dismissal of impeachment articles for "failure to prosecute." Pelosi coup attack on @RealDonaldTrump and U.S. Senate seems to be in collapse. https://t.co/I8f2bcU6FP
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) January 9, 2020
McConnell said he will back a resolution to allow for lawmakers to dismiss the articles of impeachment against President Trump before the House passes them over. More here:https://t.co/pKepJeJVmN
— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) January 9, 2020
It’s time for Democrats to put up or shut up.