Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump have been bragging about the plan to overthrow the impeachment against Trump and just how majestic it would be. Their plan was apparently shortsighted, however, as Republicans in leadership revealed late Monday.
Senator Roy Blunt spoke to reporters on Monday and let them know that there are not enough votes to dismiss the articles of impeachment, as McConnell has promised there would be.
Blunt said this:
“I think our members generally are not interested in a motion to dismiss….”
Impeachment isn't about politics or poll numbers.
It's about our duty to our country.
President Trump abused the powers of his office to pressure Ukraine to help him cheat in the next election.
The House upheld our Constitutional duty. It’s up to the Senate to do the same. pic.twitter.com/nwnnUDlGKS
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) January 13, 2020
“Certainly there aren’t 51 votes for a motion to dismiss.”
This will force votes on whether to acquit Trump or impeach him in the Senate, acquittal being another thing that Mitch McConnell thinks will be a breeze.
Trump himself has been raging online about impeachment, saying things like:
“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!”
John Cornyn, an advisor to McConnell said this about the vote:
“If 51 senators wanted to have that vote, we could have it at some point. I don’t believe it’s going to be baked into the underlying resolution.”
According to Talking Points Memo, Republicans are not even thinking about dismissing the articles:
McConnell sees little use in bringing up a motion that is likely to fail, while subjecting members of his caucus to a vote that could haunt them come November. The threshold for convicting and removing the President at the end of the trial is 67 votes, and there is no doubt that Republicans will have plenty of votes to stop that from happening.
.@JohnCornyn On why a motion to dismiss perilous for GOP:
“This is about Schumer getting 2020 republican incumbents into tough voting situations. So I think recognizing that that's his goal, I think it won't surprise you that we're thinking about that too, and how to avoid that”
— Leigh Ann Caldwell (@LACaldwellDC) January 13, 2020
People responding to Schiff’s tweet are maddened by Trump’s ability to skate by. Check out the top responses left in the comment thread: