House GOP lawmaker wants Senate to hold 'authentic' impeachment trial

Rep. Jody HiceJody Brownlow HicePelosi must go — the House is in dire need of new leadership House Republicans investigating California secretary of state's contract with Biden-linked firm GOP lawmakers want answers from Disney on Mulan, China MORE (R-Ga.) said Thursday that he hopes the Senate will hold an "authentic" trial when the impeachment process moves to that chamber.

“From the perspective of here in the House, this has been such a one-sided partisan hoax from the very beginning,” Hice told Hill.TV in an interview. “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 let’s have a real trial.”

The White House has not said who it would try to call as part of the Senate trial, but it has indicated it has a wish list of potential witnesses, including House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOvernight Defense: Top admiral says 'no condition' where US should conduct nuclear test 'at this time' | Intelligence chief says Congress will get some in-person election security briefings Overnight Defense: House to vote on military justice bill spurred by Vanessa Guillén death | Biden courts veterans after Trump's military controversies Intelligence chief says Congress will get some in-person election security briefings MORE (D-Calif.), Hunter Biden and the whistleblower whose complaint helped spark the impeachment inquiry.

Some Senate Republicans have weighed whether to hold an impeachment trial that does not include witnesses.

When asked this week about the possibility of a Senate trial without any witnesses, Sen. Linsey Graham (R-S.C.) said, “I hope so. That’s what I like.” He later added that he wants to “end this thing as quickly as possible.”

Hice said Thursday that holding an impeachment trial without calling witnesses wouldn’t do justice to President TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response MORE.

“I would hate to see this just come and go in two weeks as though nothing really happened. I think it only serves justice to have an authentic hearing, and I hope the Senate will do that,” he added.

Hice’s comments come as the House takes a step closer to a floor vote on articles of impeachment.

The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday is expected to advance two articles of impeachment that accuse the president of abuse of power and obstructing Congress.

That would set up a floor vote for next week, followed by an impeachment trial that would likely start in January.

—Tess Bonn