Mitch McConnell is a true master of the Senate rules and bureaucracy. McConnell has used his tricks to fast track President Trump’s judges and kept open Gorsuch’s important seat on the bench.
So it’s no surprise that McConnell has a kill switch option to keep the Dems and Adam Schiff in line.
It should be noted that four GOP Senators have tremendous leverage over the process as 51 votes are needed for anything.
Collins and few others are just weak politicians but Mitt Romney really believes he should be president so who knows what they will do.
Fox News reported that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is close to finalizing a rule that would allow Trump’s team to move to dismiss the articles of impeachment in the Senate quickly after some evidence has been presented, as a sort of safety valve in case Democrats try to drag out the trial for weeks.
The discussions came as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that the trial could extend “to six to eight weeks or even longer” if the Senate decided to hear from additional witnesses — a prospect that could interfere with the imminent presidential primary contests, as Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., likely would get pulled off the campaign trail.
McConnell wouldn’t be obligated to publicize the final version of his resolution setting the parameters of the impeachment trial until Tuesday, but top GOP members have said that they supported affording President Trump the opportunity to cut the trial short.
Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, for example, told Axios he would be “very, very surprised” if McConnell’s resolution didn’t include that kind of kill switch.