GOP senator opposes quick dismissal of Trump articles of impeachment

Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGrassley pressured to run as Democrats set sights on Iowa Sunday shows preview: Bipartisan infrastructure talks drag on; Democrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe Democrats question GOP shift on vaccines MORE (R-Wis.) said on Friday that he opposes quickly dismissing any articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York state Senate candidate charged in riot Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report GOP senator clashes with radio caller who wants identity of cop who shot Babbitt 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 McConnellMcConnell: 'It never occurred to me' convincing Americans to get vaccinated would be difficult The 17 Republicans who voted to advance the Senate infrastructure bill Senate votes to take up infrastructure deal 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. 
 
They're eyeing Christmas as a soft deadline for a vote on potential articles of impeachment on the House floor, though House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTim Ryan slams McCarthy for mocking Capitol physician, mask mandate McCarthy knocks Pelosi, mask mandate: 'This House has broken the country's trust' Senate votes to take up infrastructure deal MORE (D-Calif.) has yet to commit publicly to a time frame. 
 
Johnson, during the radio interview on Friday, said that calling House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOfficers offer harrowing accounts at first Jan. 6 committee hearing Live coverage: House panel holds first hearing on Jan. 6 probe Five things to watch as Jan. 6 panel begins its work 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."