As House Democrats continue their fixation on impeaching President Trump, despite his ultimate vindication following the results of the Mueller investigation, the Republican-controlled Senate is making it clear that they will stop any such efforts.
Regarding impeachment attempts by over-eager Democrats, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham recently said “I think it would be disposed of very quickly. If it’s based on the Mueller report or anything like that, it would be quickly disposed of.”
Senator John Cornyn felt similarly, and said “It would be defeated, that’s why all [Democrats] want to do is talk about it – they know what the outcome would be.”
“Why on earth would we give a platform to something that I judge as a purely political exercise?” asked Senator Thom Tillis, who said giving impeachment proceedings a lengthy hearing would be “rewarding what I view as bad behavior on the part of the House.”
From The Hill:
GOP senators say that if the House passes articles of impeachment against President Trump they will quickly quash them in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has broad authority to set the parameters of a trial.
While McConnell is required to act on articles of impeachment, which require 67 votes — or a two-thirds majority — to convict the president, he and his Republican colleagues have the power to set the rules and ensure the briefest of trials.
“I think it would be disposed of very quickly,” said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
“If it’s based on the Mueller report, or anything like that, it would be quickly disposed of,” he added.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), an adviser to McConnell’s leadership team, said “nothing” would come of impeachment articles passed by the House.
Given the Senate GOP firewall, Cornyn, who’s also a member of the Judiciary Committee, said he doubts that Democrats will commence the impeachment process.
“It would be defeated. That’s why all they want to do is talk about it,” he said. “They know what the outcome would be.”
Republicans hold a 53-47 majority in the chamber, and Vice President Pence would cast the tie-breaking vote if necessary.
Senate Republicans say that an impeachment trial would be given the bare minimum amount of floor time.
“Why on earth would we give a platform to something that I judge as a purely political exercise?” said Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), another member of the Judiciary Committee. “We have to perform our constitutional duty, but if people think that we’re going to try and create a theater that could give you the perception that this is a matter that rises to the level of Watergate, that’s nonsense.”
Tillis said he would support McConnell bringing the impeachment process to a quick close, and that any kind of extended trial would be “rewarding what I view as bad behavior on the part of the House.”
Tillis, who is up for reelection next year, said many independents and moderates in his state are tired of impeachment talk.
National polls show that fewer than 40 percent of Americans support impeachment proceedings against Trump, while the majority oppose them.