Senator Ron Johnson responded to a possible impeachment trial in the Senate by claiming it would be conducted and not dismissed quickly.
According to The Hill:
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said on Friday that he opposes quickly dismissing any articles of impeachment against President Trump and predicted the Senate would hold a trial.
“I know outside pundits are just bringing up, dismiss this thing out of hand and move on, but at the same time that would not afford President Trump the ability to really defend himself. So I think consensus view point literally is we’ll take it up in the Senate,” Johnson told KHOW, a Colorado radio station.
Johnson predicted that any articles of impeachment sent over by the House would be “incredibly flawed,” and that in Senate proceedings House managers and President Trump’s team would make their case.
“I don’t think we should ever just bring up a motion to dismiss. I think if at some point in time if we’ve heard enough, if we’ve really got the votes, we should bring up a motion to vote. Let’s actually vote on the articles of impeachment and then dispense with it that way,” Johnson continued.
The comments come after Johnson and other GOP Senators met with White House aides to discuss impeachment strategy.
The lengthy trial would keep a majority of Democrat presidential candidates, who are senators, from campaigning by keeping them in Washinton for six days a week during the trial. Many have speculated that this could be a part of the impeachment strategy from the GOP.