Ted Cruz says White House unlikely to push for impeachment trial dismissal
Several Republican senators, from Rand Paul of Kentucky to David Perdue of Georgia, said in recent days that a motion to dismiss the trial would be warranted. But they also agreed not to introduce it in order to keep the party united. At least in the initial stages of the trial, a motion to dismiss cannot pass due to opposition from a handful of centrist Republicans, including Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt Romney of Utah.
After the Senate hears opening arguments and holds a question and answer period into next week, the Senate will head to a vote on whether to consider witnesses and documents. If that vote fails, Cruz said he expects the chamber to head quickly to acquittal.
“I think the judgment here is not going to be a dismissal but rather an acquittal on the merits, at the end of both sides having an opportunity to present the case,” Cruz said.