Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is expected to have an acquittal vote on the articles of impeachment if they are passed, rather than just dismissing the charges against him with a procedural 51-vote majority.
An acquittal would clear the charges against Trump, whereas a dismissal could mean that the charges could be revived at a future time–like in 2021 if the Senate would turn Democrat.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) told CNN that McConnell is considering his options and that he has not yet made a decision on how to proceed, assuming that the Democrat-controlled House passes the articles of impeachment when they vote, possibly next week.
Trump has said he wants to have a trial and call witnesses, which he was not allowed to do during House hearings on the matter.
But Senators are not allowed to campaign during an impeachment trial, so McConnell may be worried about the impact of the trial for Senators up for re-election in 2020.
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