By Joshua Nelson | Fox News
Former federal prosecutor Robert Ray told “America’s Newsroom” on Wednesday that it would be “well-founded” for the Senate to move to dismiss the articles of impeachment against President Trump before a trial begins.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday that he has “heard enough” from both sides on impeachment and that a prolonged trial — with each side calling witnesses — could lead to an “embarrassing scene” for the country.
MCCONNELL: ‘WE’VE HEARD ENOUGH’ ON IMPEACHMENT, PROLONGED SENATE TRIAL COULD BE ‘EMBARRASSING SCENE’
In an interview on the “Brian Kilmeade Show,” McConnell said that “under the rules of impeachment” in the Senate, they will “have to take the matter up.”
Ray said that there is a precedent for a vote on a motion to dismiss during the Clinton impeachment when it was filed and denied. Ray said that unlike the Clinton impeachment, the president’s party is in control of the Senate.
On the Senate floor on Wednesday morning, the Kentucky senator ripped Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s requests for a trial in the Senate, adding that it “would set a nightmarish scenario for impeachment.”
McConnell said that Schumer’s approach is “dead wrong” and a “fishing expedition” — a sentiment echoed by many other Republicans over the course of the inquiry.
However, in a Senate floor speech on Tuesday, Schumer accused McConnell of being “partisan,” “slanted,” and “unfair.”
Ray said he believes it’s “in the best interest of the country to bring this to an early closure,” arguing the Democrats’ case for impeachment is not strong.
“For all the talk by House Republicans about the fact that the president should not be above the law, it would have been nice if one of the impeachment articles charged a violation of law, which they don’t.”
Fox News’ Julia Musto contributed to this report. Joshua Nelson is a freelance reporter for Fox News.