Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss

Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyTwo-thirds of Americans support banning lawmakers from trading stocks: poll Hawley says he would have opposed resolution to honor Capitol workers on Jan. 6 Hawley introduces bill banning lawmakers from making stock trades in office MORE (R-Mo.) told Axios Saturday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellNAACP president presses senators on voting rights: 'You will decide who defines America' Sununu says he skipped Senate bid to avoid being 'roadblock' to Biden for two years 'All or nothing' won't bolster American democracy: Reform the filibuster and Electoral Count Act MORE (R-Ky.) is expected to present a resolution that will allow President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump lawyers to Supreme Court: Jan. 6 committee 'will not be harmed by delay' Two House Democrats announce they won't seek reelection DiCaprio on climate change: 'Vote for people that are sane' MORE's legal counsel to motion to immediately dismiss the charges during the Senate impeachment trial that starts in earnest Tuesday.

"I am familiar with the resolution as it stood a day or two ago," Hawley told the news source.

"My understanding is that the resolution will give the president's team the option to either move to judgment or to move to dismiss at a meaningful time," the junior senator continued.

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Hawley also said that he would be "very, very surprised" if the final resolution didn't give Trump's lawyers that ability and that he might not vote for it.

Earlier this week, McConnell told reporters that "there is little or no sentiment in the Republican conference for a motion to dismiss. Our members feel that we have an obligation to listen to the arguments."

Regardless, Trump's defense team has signaled that it wants a quick Senate trial. According to Axios, GOP lawmakers have prepared for a time frame as short as two weeks.

On Saturday, Trump's legal team went after the articles of impeachment that were passed by the House in a statement, calling them "constitutionally invalid."

“This is a brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election — now just months away,” the statement continued. 

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Trump's legal team is headed by White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Jay Sekulow, Trump's personal attorney. Rounding out the team are Harvard Law professor Alan DershowitzAlan Morton DershowitzThere's no such thing as 'absolute immunity' for former presidents BBC faces blowback after Dershowitz appears as Maxwell trial analyst The dangerous trend behind Officer Kim Potter's conviction   MORE, Kenneth Starr, Robert Ray, Jane Raskin and Pam Bondi.

Also on Saturday, House Democrats filed a 111-page brief outlining their reasons for impeachment.

"The evidence overwhelmingly establishes that he is guilty of both [articles of impeachment]," the brief reads.

"The only remaining question is whether the members of the Senate will accept and carry out the responsibility placed on them by the Framers of our Constitution and their constitutional Oaths," it adds.