White House backs Senate trial if House refers impeachment charges

White House backs Senate trial if House refers impeachment charges
Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – The perspective: it would be a day in court — finally — for Trump.  I’d also add the perspective that it would make only the Democrats look bad, and will in any case serve to expose the Democrats and the media, rather than damaging Trump.  That has been the unvarying pattern up to now.  Everything the Democrats try just exposes them.]

Top White House officials and Senate Republicans on Thursday 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.

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