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Sen. Rick Scott, other Republican senators file to dismiss articles of impeachment against Trump

Posted at 2:52 PM, Jan 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-06 14:52:18-05

(WTXL) — Florida Senator Rick Scott, along with several other Republican senators, have introduced a resolution aimed at dismissing articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

Monday, Senator Rick Scott, joined by, Senator Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, David Perdue and other colleagues, introduced a resolution to update Senate rules to allow a motion to dismiss articles of impeachment for lack of prosecution.

"If Nancy Pelosi doesn’t want to send the articles to the Senate, we should dismiss the articles of impeachment and get back to work on all the things that aren’t getting done, like securing the border, passing No Budget, No Pay and lowering the cost of prescription drugs,” said Scott.

Since the House impeached Trump on Dec. 18, Pelosi has withheld the articles of impeachment while Democrats negotiate to have their witnesses who were blocked from testifying in the House testify in the Senate impeachment hearings.

If the resolution is passed, the Senate would be allowed to dismiss any articles of impeachment the House of Representatives has delayed transmitting for 25 calendar days or more. Under this new rule, any motion to dismiss would be voted upon by the full Senate.

It would take 60 votes to pass a resolution on impeachment outside a trial and 67 votes to change the impeachment rules.