GOP senator opposes quick dismissal of Trump articles of impeachment

Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonSenators sound alarm on dangers of ransomware attacks after briefing Push to investigate Bidens sets up potential for Senate turf war Overnight Defense: Trump clashes with Macron at NATO summit | House impeachment report says Trump abused power | Top Dem scolds military leaders on Trump intervention in war crimes cases MORE (R-Wis.) said on Friday that he opposes quickly dismissing any articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments 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 McConnellDemocratic challenger to Joni Ernst releases ad depicting her as firing gun at him Senate confirms eight Trump court picks in three days The case for censuring, and not impeaching, Donald Trump 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 SchiffWhite House adopts confident tone after Pelosi signals go on impeachment Democrats could introduce articles of impeachment next week The shifting impeachment positions of Jonathan Turley 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."