GOP senator says there are not ’51 votes to dismiss’ Trump’s articles of impeachment without trial

Seems like some GOP senators may want to see POTUS squirm

By Jon Dougherty

(TNS) Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri told reporters late Monday following a GOP Senate conference that he didn’t think there were enough votes to simply dismiss the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump passed by the House last month.



That means, given the fact that there the GOP controls the chamber with 53 members, more than a couple of them would rather see this thing go to trial — despite the fact that one constitutional expert after another has proclaimed that the articles contain no violations of the law, thus not satisfying the Constitution’s “high crimes and misdemeanors” requirement.

“I think our members generally are not interested in a motion to dismiss…Certainly, there aren’t 51 votes for a motion to dismiss,” Blunt said.

Thus, if/when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi actually sends the two articles to the Senate — another constitutional requirement — it’s almost certain that a trial will be held.

As Red State notes, “Several Republicans have already expressed their opposition to a motion to dismiss including Sens. Susan Collins (ME) and Rob Portman (OH). Other likely candidates might include Sens. Lisa Murkowski (AK), Cory Gardner (CO) and Mitt Romney (UT).”

Right off the bat, President Trump signaled his support for a trial because he saw it as an opportunity to defend himself against bogus charges on a high-profile national stage.

But on Sunday he seemed to have changed his mind.

In a tweet, he wrote, “Many believe that by the Senate giving credence to a trial based on the no evidence, no crime, read the transcripts, ‘no pressure’ Impeachment Hoax, rather than an outright dismissal, it gives the partisan Democrat Witch Hunt credibility that it otherwise does not have. I agree!”

“I think he indicated consistently from the previous weeks that he thought he deserved an opportunity in a fair hearing to make his case, and I think that is ultimately what will happen,” Blunt said, asked about Trump’s tweet from over the weekend.

Far be it from us to second-guess the president’s instincts, but perhaps he’s simply getting conflicting opinions and advice. A trial would, in fact, be an opportunity to clear his name to a degree, and give him and his team an opportunity to address the articles in an open setting — not in the basement of the Capitol behind closed doors in lopsided proceedings run by the likes of Adam Schiff.

There could also be some #TrumpHate going on here. While there isn’t much chance of him being convicted and removed from office, we can’t help but think there are some Republican senators who relish the opportunity to see the president squirm somewhat. An actual trial would provide them with that perverse pleasure.



That said, Senate Republicans are currently working on a rules resolution for the trial.

According to The Hill, some Senators “have suggested the resolution will not include a specific motion to dismiss. That would not, according to aides and senators, prevent a senator from trying to make a motion to dismiss during the trial. The resolution on the Clinton impeachment trial rules in the 1990s had a motion to dismiss built into it. The motion, made after opening arguments and questions from senators, was ultimately unsuccessful.”

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Marilyn Renee
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US, so called Republicans, had better line up to support our president in this impeachment debacle. If they do not, they need to expect to be replaced by someone who serves us. This is about the people’s choice, and integrity of the house and Senate. The House has lost all integrity, the Senate should be watching themselves. Or is it that they are really wishing for a socialist nation. Deceiving voters by serving yourselves, Senators, congresspeople, are not why voters put you in office.

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.50cal

Meh, dumbass Fakepublican. Primary that shithead!

boyd
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boyd

WELL IF NOTHING ELSE, BY THE END OF THE SENATES VOTING, ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, WE SHOULD GET A REAL CLEAR IDEA WHO IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY ARE NOT REPUBLICANS AT ALL, BUT “RINOS” TO THE HILT!!!! AND THIS SHOULD GIVE TRUMP A TRUE UNDERSTANDING OF WHO IS WORKING AGAINST HIM IN HIS OWN PARTY… AND ALLOW THE VOTERS IN THERE RESPECTIVE DISTRICTS AND STATES THAT THEY NEED TO BE REPLACED THE NEXT TIME THEY HAVE TO RUN.

.50cal
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.50cal

Bet he has a charge account at the massage parlor.

Brewster
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Brewster

Let them keep messing with our president, Donald Trump.
They are digging their own political graves. Missouri is one of the last bastions of constitutional conservatism. Blount is a stupid RINO. Stand back and let him self destruct.
Josh Hawley for President 2024.
He will carry the MAGA torch.

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The Prisoner
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Notice again what a fool Mitch is. He said he would vote to dismiss. Suddenly he says the opposite. Mitch and his gang have a large group of anti-Trump RINOs there. It did not happen by accident. They actively opposed decent conservatives and helped liberals win the senate. Now watch Mitch make a huge mess of it again then pretend he is a hero when Trump is not convicted. The party cannot be fixed without a complete purge of leadership.

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