Members of the Senate should move quickly for a vote on a resolution to dismiss House impeachment charges before allowing them to move on to a drawn-out Senate trial whose outcome will be a foregone conclusion, Jenny Beth Martin, honorary chairman of Tea Party Patriots Action, argues in an opinion piece Tuesday.
The matter could be decided by a simple majority vote, Martin writes in her piece for USA Today, and the move "would spare the nation the political agony of a drawn-out Senate trial" whose outcome would result in "further polarization."
House Democrats are making it clear that pushing for Trump's impeachment is in response to an election they can't believe their party lost, Martin said.
They first tried to remove Trump over allegations of working with Russians to win the election, writes Martin, and since shifted to obstruction of justice before landing on accusations that he sought the help of Ukraine against Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden.
However, the official record of the phone call between Trump and the president of Ukraine does not show any quid pro quo, a threat, or any bribes, said Martin.
When President Bill Clinton's impeachment case came to the Senate, then-Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., moved to vote on dismissing the case, but Democrats were in the minority and his motion failed, she notes. This time, though, the Senate is controlled by the same party as the president's.
If the vote happens, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would then have to choose whether to move forward with proceedings in the House, knowing conviction and removal of Trump would be off the table, or she could shut down the effort and try to defeat the president on the ballot, Martin concludes.
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