Senators to be sworn in for Mayorkas impeachment trial ahead of expected dismissal

Senators are set to be sworn in as jurors at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday to begin consideration of the House-passed articles of impeachment against Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, a process that Republicans have warned that their Democratic colleagues will try to quickly end. House impeachment managers officially delivered the articles of impeachment, which passed the lower chamber in February, to Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Tuesday on the Senate floor. HOUSE DELIVERS MAYORKAS IMPEACHMENT ARTICLES TO SCHUMER, SETTING UP TRIAL PROCEEDINGSThe long-awaited delivery set into motion a procedure in the Senate, requiring that lawmakers be sworn in as jurors the following day to address the articles. However, Republicans have spent the last few weeks speculating that their Democratic counterparts will look to off-ramp the impeachment trial before arguments begin. This was confirmed by Schumer on the Senate floor on Wednesday morning when he confirmed his intention to seek dismissal.”For the sake of the Senate’s integrity and to protect impeachment for those rare cases, we truly need it. Senators should dismiss today’s charges,” Schumer said. “So when we convene in trial today to accommodate the wishes of our Republican Senate colleagues, I will seek an agreement for a period of debate time that would allow Republicans to offer a vote on trial resolutions, allow for Republicans to offer points of order and then move to dismiss.”Several Democratic senators have voiced support for dismissing the articles in the lead up to the trial’s consideration, including Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., in a recent speech on the chamber floor. Schumer had previously stated his plans to “expeditiously” deal with the impeachment trial proceedings, without indicating the specific route the caucus was planning to take. SENATE DEMS REVEAL MASSIVE $79M AD SPEND TO PROTECT MAJORITY AHEAD OF KEY MATCHUPSRepublicans have expressed outrage at the likely refusal of their colleagues to allow a full impeachment trial against Mayorkas to play out. They have even threatened to shut down the Senate by making constant objections to requests for unanimous consent on regular business if a trial isn’t seen all the way through. At a press conference following the article delivery on Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, previewed that “we’re going to see Chuck Schumer throw out 200 years of history [and] ignore the Constitution,” referencing the fact that an impeachment trial has never been tabled by the Senate. GOP SENATOR EYES LEGISLATION TO DEFUND ‘PROPAGANDIST’ NPR AFTER SUSPENSION OF WHISTLEBLOWER”He does not want these [House impeachment] managers to present the evidence of the people dying because of their policies,” he added. Several vulnerable Democratic senators were expected to be the deciding factors on whether a trial was allowed to play out. But in recent days, multiple Democrats in highly competitive races in battleground states have revealed they want to see the trial dismissed. Casey expressed his opinion for the first time on Tuesday, telling CNN, “I think we should move on and get to work on a bipartisan border security deal.”There have also been multiple Republicans whose planned votes were considered a mystery. Sens. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Susan Collins, R-Maine, are concerns on the right, despite the conference being largely united. This unity was evidenced by 43 Republicans signing onto a letter last week calling on Schumer to allow the trial to be seen all the way through. With a narrow split in the upper chamber, agreement among the parties can be easily disrupted by just a few senators. Democrats hold the majority with just 51-49 over Republicans. 
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