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Senator Josh Hawley To Seek Dismissal of Impeachment Articles

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., questions Attorney General William Barr during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

On Thursday, Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) announced on Twitter his plans to try to have the articles of impeachment against President Trump dismissed.

“Dems said impeachment was URGENT. Now they don’t want to have a trial, because they have no evidence,” he tweeted.  Hawley added that in the “real world” if the prosecution doesn’t proceed with a case then it gets dismissed. “So on Monday, I will introduce [a] measure to dismiss this bogus impeachment for lack of prosecution.”

“This will expose Dems’ circus for what it is: a fake impeachment, abuse of the Constitution, based on no evidence,” he added.

How does Senator Hawley propose to do this? “My proposal will take form of motion to update Senate impeachment rules to account for this unprecedented attempt to obstruct Senate trial,” he tweeted. “Stay tuned.”

Nancy Pelosi has refused to deliver the articles of impeachment passed by House Democrats over to the Senate because of alleged concerns about the fairness of the trial. Which is rich considering Democrats refused to allow the GOP any of their own witnesses during the impeachment inquiry. Hawley’s proposal is an interesting one that will likely inspire much debate, as many in the GOP would prefer an acquittal over a dismissal.

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Matt Margolis is the author of Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy and the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis