Last month, the House passed two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. However, Speaker Nancy Pelosi still hasn’t sent them to the Senate for a trial.
On Thursday, Republican Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) said he had decided to introduce legislation to dismiss the articles. The former state attorney general argued that “real world” criminal charges would be treated the same way.
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“Dems said impeachment was URGENT. Now they don’t want to have a trial, because they have no evidence,” Hawley declared in a tweet.
“In the real world, if the prosecution doesn’t proceed with the case, it gets dismissed,” he noted. “So on Monday, I will introduce a measure to dismiss this bogus impeachment for lack of prosecution.”
He went on to promise that this move “will expose Dems’ circus for what it is: a fake impeachment, abuse of the Constitution, based on no evidence.”
“If Dems won’t proceed with a trial,” Hawley warned, “bogus articles should be dismissed and Donald Trump fully cleared.”
Pelosi has thus far refused to send the articles, claiming that Senate Republicans haven’t agreed to trial rules that she considers to be equitable. “So far we haven’t seen anything that looks fair to us,” she said last month.
“This is abuse of power.”
Hawley isn’t the only one to suggest that Pelosi’s conduct is impermissible.
Famed liberal attorney Alan Dershowitz made the same case during a December appearance on Fox News.
“If he has been impeached, the Senate has to start its trial as soon as they choose to,” he contended. “Remember, the Senate is the sole judge of guilty or innocence of impeachment. And so the Democrats can’t have it both ways.”
“They can’t sound the one hand — to the public we are saying he is impeached, but for the Senate, we’re saying he is not impeached. You know what I say? This is obstruction of the Senate — exactly the same charge that made against the president.”
“This is abuse of power from exactly the same charge they made against the president. It is wrong constitutionally. It is wrong morally. And it is wrong politically,” Dershowitz concluded.