GOP senators reject plans to dismiss Trump impeachment

GOP senators reject plans to dismiss Trump impeachment , Senate Republicans signaled Monday they would reject  ,

The idea of simply voting to dismiss the articles of impeachment against ,

President Donald Trump as the House prepares to send the charges to the chamber for the historic trial. They think both sides need to be heard,” said Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., who is part of GOP leadership. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not set the timing for the House vote that will launch the Senate action.

Trump was impeached by the Democratic-led House last month on charges of abuse of power over pushing Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden and obstruction of Congress in the probe.

Democrats said the vote could be Wednesday. With the impeachment trial starting in a matter of days, senators are still debating the rules of the proceedings.

GOP senators are conferring privately about whether to allow a motion to dismiss the charges against the president or to call additional witnesses for testimony. Trump suggested over the weekend he might prefer simply dismissing the charges rather than giving legitimacy to charges from the House,

Which he considers a “hoax.” One key Republican, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, said she too would oppose a motion to dismiss the charges. Collins is leading an effort among some Republicans, including Sens.

Mitt Romney of Utah and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to ensure the ground rules include plans to eventually consider voting to call witnesses.“My position is that there should be a vote on whether or not witnesses should be called,” Collins said.

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