For the first time in a long time, GOP elected officials aren’t budging an inch.
On Tuesday, according to a report by Politico, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has finally secured enough votes within his caucus to bypass the impeachment trial demands of Democrats.
This means that additional evidence and witnesses brought forth by Democrats will be ignored, leaving just the impeachment trial rules that were in place during the impeachment process of President Bill Clinton.
Senate Majority Whip John Thune recently said that he was still “trying to get consensus among Republicans about how to go forward,” but appears to have secured the votes needed to prevent House Speaker Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer from running the table.
“What we’re aspiring to do is to get this process moving forward and indicate to the Democrats that as soon as they send those articles over here, we’re ready to go. Quit stalling,” Thune said. “It really undermines the sense of urgency they’ve tried to attach to this from the beginning.”
Additionally, GOP senators — spearheaded by Sen. Josh Hawley — are planning on signing a resolution that gives Pelosi just five days to hand over the impeachment articles before they dismiss the impeachment process entirely.
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