OAN Newsroom UPDATED 6:46 AM PT — Wednesday, January 22, 2020 GOP Senators celebrated a successful day after the first round of impeachment debates came…
Sen. Lindsey Graham said the Senate has decided against dismissing articles of impeachment without conducting a trial. On Sunday, Graham announced he and his colleagues need to hold a trial before striking down the House’s articles of impeachment, since the Senate does not have enough votes to dismiss them early.
Top Republicans in the Senate are hoping to put a stop to the push for witnesses in the impeachment trial against President Trump. Some conservatives, including Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), are warning both moderates in their conference and Democrats that if Democrats can call witnesses then the president should be able to call whoever he wants.
2020 Democrat hopeful Bernie Sanders recently admitted the impeachment trial is going to negatively affect his presidential campaign. While talking to reporters in Washington on Thursday, the Vermont senator said the trial may take several weeks, which he would rather spend campaigning in Iowa and New Hampshire to win the Democrat Party nomination.
Republican senators continue to debate whether they want to hear from new witnesses in the impeachment trial. On Thursday, some senators called to dismiss the articles without a trial while others said new witnesses could help defeat the impeachment case.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has yet to release the text of the motion to dismiss the impeachment charges against President Trump. The Kentucky lawmaker has reportedly been surveying members of his conference to gauge support for a dismissal, but apparently GOP senators are generally not interested in such a move as some attempt to remain impartial ahead of the upcoming 2020 primaries.
According to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the upper chamber will not wait for the House to send over the articles of impeachment. While speaking on the Senate floor Thursday, the Republican leader said House Democrats can create a cloud over the presidency, but they can’t to do it forever.
The impeachment battle is causing a rift among Democrats as Republicans look to move forward. Top Senate Democrats are reportedly echoing calls from the GOP to hold an impeachment trial.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is saying the U.S. must remain vigilant in the face of serious threats posed by Tehran and the Islamic Republic’s recent attacks on bases in Iraq.