Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been paying very close attention to the impeachment charade at every step of the way.
Now that things have finally moved to the Senate, McConnell isn't going to allow the Democrats an opportunity to run a circus, like they did in the House of Representatives.
In face, McConnel has made a "kill switch" in the event that they try to any of the tricks that they did in the House, allowing the President to immediately seeks a verdict or dismissal of the case.
“I am familiar with the resolution as it stood a day or two ago,” Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) told Axios. “My understanding is that the resolution will give the president’s team the option to either move to judgment or to move to dismiss at a meaningful time…”
“Hawley added that in the most recent draft of the organizing resolution he saw there was an option for the president’s counsel to make a motion in multiple places, including at the beginning of the proceedings,” Axios reported. “Hawley added that if the final resolution does not allow Trump’s lawyers the option to dismiss or move to judgment at a ‘meaningful point’ in the trial, he would be ‘very, very surprised,’ and might not vote for the organizing resolution.”
Hawley told Axios that if the option to dismiss the case was not available to the Trump legal team that it would give House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) too much power over the proceedings.
“It’s incumbent upon the Senate to preserve the right of the President’s legal team to ask for a verdict or move to dismiss this sham impeachment anytime they see fit during the Senate trial,” a source close to House GOP leadership told Breitbart News. “Otherwise, Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans risk allowing Adam Schiff and his conspiracy caucus to hijack and take control of the trial.”
Essentially, what McConnell has done is sent a message to Schiff that if he does anything stupid like he did in the House, the Senate or the President can end the impeachment trial immediately.
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) January 19, 2020