He promised last week he would do this and now here he is today on the Senate floor following through. The proposed timeline, I believe, is a new detail: It was unclear until this afternoon whether his rule change would involve a deadline for transmitting the articles of impeachment to the Senate or if he’d empower the chamber to dismiss impeachment articles at will, even on day one if the Senate felt the evidence was too thin to warrant proceeding.
That latter would have been a tough sell in a chamber that at least wants to make a pretense that it’s taking impeachment seriously. So he settled for the former, suggesting a 25-day window for the House to send over the articles. If they fail to meet the deadline, the Senate would be able to pass a motion to dismiss the charges on grounds that the prosecution didn’t bring its case in a timely manner. That would mean January 13 in Trump’s case, one week from today.
He has a dozen or so co-sponsors for the idea, the most notable of whom are Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton, John Barrasso, and Jim Inhofe. Cruz and Cotton are onboard because, like Hawley, they’re planning to run for president in 2024 and need to impress Trump’s base by showing how much they hate impeachment. Barrasso and Inhofe are noteworthy because they’re members of the GOP Senate leadership, which kinda sorta suggests Hawley’s resolution has support from the top.