Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) spoke to reporters earlier this week and said that the Senate Republican caucus doesn’t have the 51 votes needed to dismiss the articles of impeachment being brought against President Donald Trump.
Blunt, the No. 4 Senate Republican, said, “I think our members generally are not interested in a motion to dismiss. … Certainly there aren’t 51 votes for a motion to dismiss.”
Republicans have long stated that they would not dismiss the two articles of impeachment against Trump.
They have predicted a trial but Trump has been barking about an “outright dismissal” recently, which has revived talk about the possibility.
Over the weekend, Trump said the Senate was “giving credence” to the claims being brought against him by even having a trial in the first place.
“Many believe that by the Senate giving credence to a trial based on the no evidence, no crime, read the transcripts, ‘no pressure’ Impeachment Hoax, rather than an outright dismissal, it gives the partisan Democrat Witch Hunt credibility that it otherwise does not have. I agree!”
In order to dismiss the articles of impeachment, there would need to be 51 votes for dismissal.
No Democrats would support a dismissal, so Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) could only stand to lose two Republican senators if there were any chance at a dismissal.
But in this case, multiple Republicans, including Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Rob Portman of Ohio have stated that they would oppose a motion for dismissal on the grounds that Trump’s lawyers and House impeachment managers should be able to argue their case.
Clinton impeachment trial rules in the 1990s included within it motion to dismiss which was ultimately unsuccessful.
The rules resolution for the Trump trial are still being built, but some GOP senators think they will not include a motion to dismiss.
According to Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), “If 51 senators wanted to have that vote, we could have it at some point. I don’t believe it’s going to be baked into the underlying resolution.”