Over the past week, Senate Republicans have signaled that there may be no witnesses during the Senate impeachment trial, contrary to suggestions of the Trump administration, in a move that drew blowback from some House Republicans.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) told reporters on Friday that “I sure hope” the Republican-controlled Senate will “clean this mess up” during a trial to exonerate President Donald Trump. The “country needs to hear what a farce this was,” he said of the House Democrat-led process, adding that the “Senate promised for months now they would have witnesses.”
A Senate trial without witnesses would be a “big mistake,” Gohmert remarked.
During a Thursday night interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-Ky.) said the White House counsel may or may not want to call up their own witnesses but insisted theres “no chance” Trump will be removed. Meanwhile, Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) described the entire impeachment push as a face and said he wanted to call up no witnesses to “end this thing as quickly as possible.”
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) told Bloomberg News that a trial “could be a pretty messy and unproductive process … thats generally where people are heading toward.”
Another member of the House Judiciary panel, Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.), suggested that Trump needs to get a chance to defend himself in Congresss upper body.
Trump “may not get a chance to put on his witnesses and put on his defense” during a Senate trial, but “were going to do it to our constitutions and the American people every chance [we get],” he told reporters.
Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) said Thursday he hopes the Senate will hold an “authentic” trial to push back against what he called a “one-sided partisan hoax from the very beginning” by the Democrats, reported The Hill.“My hope would be is that the Senate, once it gets to them, they have an authentic trial and they call witnesses that the administration would like to cross-examine and so forth. And lets have a real trial.”