White House officials and Republican senators agreed the Senate should not immediately dismiss any articles of impeachment against the president.
Top White House officials and Senate Republicans agreed that a full trial should be conducted if the House impeaches President Donald Trump, according to multiple people familiar with the matter.
A group of Republican senators met Thursday morning with White House counsel Pat Cipollone, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner to discuss impeachment strategy.
Two attendees said that the White House wants the Senate to hold a trial of some length and not immediately dismiss any articles of impeachment with the GOP’s majority, as some Republicans have suggested.
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The White House and Trump’s GOP allies decided instead “they want some kind of factual affirmative defense on the merits,” said one attendee.
One attendee noted that the White House wants to show a commitment to due process, particularly since Republicans have criticized House Democrats for how they’ve conducted their impeachment proceedings.
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WNU Editor: If the House impeaches President Trump I hope that such a trial does happen. Witnesses can be called. Evidence presented. A defense can be pursued. It would definitely be contrary to what we have seen in the past two weeks where House witnesses and testimony were rigged and controlled. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already hinted that such a trial would probably last two months. I say take the time that is required. My prediction. President Trump will be impeached by the House, and there will be a Senate trial. From what I have seen so far the evidence does not come even close to any of the requirements for impeachment, and President Trump will be exonerated with about 60% of the public supporting him. As for the Democrats, they will pay dearly for pursuing this cause when Americans go to the polls in 2020.