Sen. Roy Blunt Reveals Whether or Not the Senate Has Enough Votes to Dismiss Impeachment
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While talking with reporters on Monday, GOP Senator Roy Blunt revealed that he doesn't think the Senate has the needed votes (51) to completely dismiss the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
Although there are 53 Republican Senators and 47 Democrat Senators, Blunt made it clear that the dismissal of the impeachment articles was unlikely.
Check out what The Hill reported:
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) told reporters on Monday that the Senate Republican caucus doesn’t have the votes to dismiss the articles of impeachment against President Trump, who endorsed an “outright dismissal” over the weekend.
“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, the No. 4 Senate Republican, told reporters after a closed-door leadership meeting.
Republicans have warned for months that they will not dismiss the two articles of impeachment against Trump, predicting a trial will end with votes on either acquitting or convicting him.
The news comes as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi gets ready to send over the articles of impeachment to the Senate.
Last Friday, Pelosi caved to the Republican controlled Senate when she announced that she plans to submit the articles of impeachment after holding onto them for multiple weeks.
“I have asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to be prepared to bring to the Floor next week a resolution to appoint managers and transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate. I will be consulting with you at our Tuesday House Democratic Caucus meeting on how we proceed further,” Pelosi wrote in a letter.
After calling impeachment an "urgent" matter for months, Pelosi voted to move forward with impeachment but decided to delay sending it to the Senate for political reasons.
“I am very proud of the courage and patriotism exhibited by our House Democratic Caucus as we support and defend the Constitution,” she added.
The House plans to vote to send over the impeachment articles on Wednesday. Check out what CBS News reported:
The House will vote Wednesday on a resolution to name impeachment managers and transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate for President Trump's trial on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday.
At a meeting with fellow Democrats on Capitol Hill, Pelosi laid out the timing for the vote, and lawmakers emerging from the meeting unanimously said they support the plan. In a subsequent statement, Pelosi said Senate Republicans would be engaging in a "cover-up" if members vote to dismiss the articles without hearing from witnesses.
"The American people will fully understand the Senate's move to begin the trial without witnesses and documents as a pure political cover-up," Pelosi said. "Leader McConnell and the President are afraid of more facts coming to light."
Pelosi did not reveal the names of the impeachment managers in the meeting, but several members said they assume the team will be led by Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler and Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who both spoke in the meeting and laid out in detail how the Senate trial will work.
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