As House Democrats continue to obsess over impeachment, and as calls for impeaching President Trump continue to grow, Senate Republican, who are the majority in control of the Senate, made it clear recently that they will stop any proceedings immediately.
They went as far as to say that any efforts that may move forward aiming at impeachment would be quickly disposed of.’
Senate Republicans brush off impeachment threat from House Dems: 'It would be quickly disposed of' https://t.co/ATIxTDTZvG
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According to The Hill:
GOP senators say that if the House passes articles of impeachment againstPresident Trump they will quickly quash them in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has broad authority to set the parameters of a trial.
While McConnell is required to act on articles of impeachment, which require 67 votes — or a two-thirds majority — to convict the president, he and his Republican colleagues have the power to set the rules and ensure the briefest of trials.
“I think it would be disposed of very quickly,” said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
“If it’s based on the Mueller report, or anything like that, it would be quickly disposed of,” he added.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), an adviser to McConnell’s leadership team, said “nothing” would come of impeachment articles passed by the House.
Given the Senate GOP firewall, Cornyn, who’s also a member of the Judiciary Committee, said he doubts that Democrats will commence the impeachment process.
“It would be defeated. That’s why all they want to do is talk about it,” he said. “They know what the outcome would be.”
Republicans hold a 53-47 majority in the chamber, and Vice President Pence would cast the tie-breaking vote if necessary.
Senate Republicans say that an impeachment trial would be given the bare minimum amount of floor time.
“Why on earth would we give a platform to something that I judge as a purely political exercise?” said Sen.Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), another member of the Judiciary Committee. “We have to perform our constitutional duty, but if people think that we’re going to try and create a theater that could give you the perception that this is a matter that rises to the level of Watergate, that’s nonsense.”
Senate Republicans @SenateGOP vow to halt impeachment proceedings against President Trump as the Democrats continue to call for his ousting. Here's more on what's expected next. https://t.co/c55s8rqfPK
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National polls have shown recently that less than 40 percent of Americans believe impeachment proceedings should move forward. The vast majority of those polled oppose impeachment.