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.
But Trump revived talk of trying to dismiss the articles over the weekend, saying the Senate was “giving credence” to the allegations against him by having a trial.
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WNU Editor: I would be surprised if they acquit. For the US Senate this will guarantee nonstop news coverage for weeks where all the Senators can show their seriousness and commitment to their job to their voters. When did a politician ever run away from that type of news? As for witnesses. I do not think that is going to happen. These proceedings are going to be tightly controlled, and having witnesses would only keep this affair going on forever.