The Senate Republicans are beginning to fight back.
On Monday, eleven GOP senators announced they were getting onboard with Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, who proposed a motion that would ultimately dismiss impeachment articles if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi continued to withhold them.
“The Constitution gives the Senate sole power to adjudicate articles of impeachment, not the House,” said Josh Hawley in a statement on Monday. “If Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi is afraid to try her case, the articles should be dismissed for failure to prosecute and Congress should get back to doing the people’s business.”
Basically, the resolution would allow the Senate, under Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to go ahead and vote on articles of impeachment provided Pelosi refuses to send them over in 25 days.
The 25 day counter began the night the House voted on impeachment, leaving under two weeks left for Pelosi to end her impeachment stall.
“Since the start of the impeachment process, Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats have made a mockery of our Constitution and abused impeachment for political gain,” Sen. Ted Cruz said, who is co-sponsoring the resolution. “The Senate has the sole authority to try impeachment. It is the Senate’s duty to take up these articles without delay, and to resolve them in a timely and constitutionally appropriate manner.”
Here’s a list of the GOP senators currently supporting the motion — and more are expected to join in:
- Sen. Joni Ernst
- Sen. John Barrasso
- Sen. Rick Scott
- Sen. Mike Braun
- Sen. Marsh Blackburn
- Sen. Steve Daines
- Sen. Tom Cotton
- Sen.David Perdue
- Sen. James Inhofe
- Sen. Ted Cruz
- Sen. Josh Hawley
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