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GOP senator opposes quick dismissal of Trump articles of impeachment

Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGeorgia Republican Drew Ferguson tests positive for COVID-19 GOP faces fundraising reckoning as Democrats rake in cash Overnight Defense: Trump campaign's use of military helicopter raises ethics concerns | Air Force jets intercept aircraft over Trump rally | Senators introduce bill to expand visa screenings MORE (R-Wis.) said on Friday that he opposes quickly dismissing any articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpStephen Miller: Trump to further crackdown on illegal immigration if he wins US records 97,000 new COVID-19 cases, shattering daily record Biden leads Trump by 8 points nationally: poll MORE 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 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. 
 
Johnson's interview comes after he and several other GOP senators met with White House aides on Thursday and discussed impeachment trial strategy. 
 
Though some Republican senators have floated quickly dismissing any articles of impeachment, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTop Senate GOP super PAC makes final .6M investment in Michigan Senate race On The Money: McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 | Lawmakers see better prospects for COVID deal after election Overnight Health Care: House Dem report blasts Trump coronavirus response | Regeneron halts trial of antibody drug in sickest hospitalized patients | McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 MORE (R-Ky.) shot that down earlier this month, saying "the rules of impeachment are very clear, we'll have to have a trial." 

Trump also said in an interview on Friday morning with "Fox & Friends" that he wants the Senate to hold a trial if the House sends over articles of impeachment. 
 
“I want a trial,” he said. “There’s nothing there.”
 
House Democrats are weeks into their investigation into whether Trump tied Ukraine aid to the country opening up an investigation into former Vice President Biden and his son Hunter Biden. 
 
 
Johnson, during the radio interview on Friday, said that calling House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffCIA impeachment whistleblower forced to live under surveillance due to threats: report In our 'Bizarro World' of 2020 politics, the left takes a wrong turn Greenwald slams Schiff over Biden emails on Fox MORE (D-Calif.) as part of Senate trial "was probably not going to happen" and calling the Bidens "totally depends on what the articles of impeachment are and how relevant that all is." 
 
He added that it would be "totally appropriate" for Trump's team to try to call the whistleblower at the center of the House impeachment inquiry as a witness. 
 
"I think certainly President Trump ought to have that capability," Johnson said. "If the president wants to call the whistleblower I think that's totally appropriate."