Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., vowed Thursday to get President Donald Trump's impeachment "dismissed."
In a series of tweets, Hawley argued, since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is holding back the House-passed articles of impeachment and has yet to pass them on to the Senate, the measures should be dumped as "bogus."
"Dems said impeachment was URGENT. Now they don't want to have a trial, because they have no evidence. In real world, if prosecution doesn’t proceed with case, it gets dismissed. So on Monday, I will introduce 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. If Dems won't proceed with trial, bogus articles should be dismissed and @realDonaldTrump fully cleared."
He said his plan will be to make a "motion to update Senate impeachment rules to account for this unprecedented attempt to obstruct" a Senate trial.
Hawley's pledge comes after Trump tweeted a quote from Fox News arguing for the articles of impeachment to be dismissed.
But Senate Republicans have mostly signaled they want to acquit Trump fully, The Hill noted.
"I don't think there's any question that we have to take up the matter," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in November, The Hill reported. "The rules of impeachment are very clear, we'll have to have a trial. My own view is that we should give people the opportunity to put the case on."
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