Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyHawley expects McConnell’s final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Biden calls for revoking key online legal protection House poised to hand impeachment articles to Senate MORE (R-Mo.) told Axios Saturday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHawley expects McConnell’s final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Democrats file brief against Trump, ‘the Framers’ worst nightmare’ Iran resolution supporters fear impeachment will put it on back burner MORE (R-Ky.) is expected to present a resolution that will allow President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump’s newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell’s final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: ‘Costly, foolish’ and ‘environmentally unfriendly idea’ MORE‘s legal counsel to motion to immediately dismiss the impeachment charges during the Senate impeachment trial that starts, in earnest, Tuesday.
“I am familiar with the resolution as it stood a day or two ago,” Hawley told the news source.
“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,” the junior senator continued.
Hawley also said that he would be “very, very surprised” if the final resolution didn’t give Trump’s lawyers that ability and that he might not vote for it.
Earlier this week, McConnell told reporters that “there is little or no sentiment in the Republican conference for a motion to dismiss. Our members feel that we have an obligation to listen to the arguments.”
Regardless, Trump’s defense team has signaled that it wants a quick Senate trial. According to Axios, GOP lawmakers have prepared for a time frame as short as two weeks.
On Saturday, Trump’s legal team went after the articles of impeachment that were passed by the House in a statement, calling them “constitutionally invalid.”
“This is a brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election — now just months away,” the statement continued.
Trump’s legal team is headed by White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Jay Sekulow, Trump’s personal attorney. Rounding out the team is Harvard Law professor Alan DershowitzAlan Morton DershowitzHawley expects McConnell’s final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump lawyers attack House impeachment as ‘brazen and unlawful’ effort to overturn 2016 results Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial MORE, Kenneth Starr, Robert Ray, Jane Raskin and Pam Bondi.
Also on Saturday, House Democrats filed an 111-page brief outlining their reasons for impeachment.
“The evidence overwhelmingly establishes that he is guilty of both [articles of impeachment],” the brief reads.
“The only remaining question is whether the members of the Senate will accept and carry out the responsibility placed on them by the Framers of our Constitution and their constitutional Oaths.”