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Cruz: White House not expected to push motion to dismiss impeachment articles


Added 01-21-20 09:57:03pm EST - “Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), one of President Trump's loyal allies in the Senate, says the White House defense team is not likely to push for a motion to dismiss articles of impeachment.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Cruz: White House not expected to push motion to dismiss impeachment articles”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzJuan Williams: Counting the votes to remove Trump Sunday shows - All eyes on Senate impeachment trial Cruz: Hearing from witnesses could extend Senate trial to up to 8 weeks MORE (R-Texas), one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' MORE’s loyal allies in the Senate, says the White House defense team is not likely to push for a motion to dismiss articles of impeachment.

Under the organizing resolution introduced by Sen. Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' Romney pledges 'open mind' ahead of impeachment trial McConnell proposes compressed schedule for impeachment trial MORE (R-Ky.), Trump’s legal team would be allowed to offer a motion to dismiss once the Senate ratifies its rules for the trial, but Cruz says he does not expect that to happen.

“I don’t,” Cruz said when asked whether White House counsel Pat Cipollone will press for a dismissal.

“I don’t think we’re going to see a dismissal and I think a dismissal is not nearly as good an outcome for the president and the country as will be a final judgment on the merits,” he added.

McConnell’s organizing resolution gives the White House the right to make a motion to dismiss right after the trial rules are adopted.

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