GOP senator 'open' to impeachment witnesses 'within the scope' of articles

Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) said Sunday that he would be “open” to having witnesses at the Senate impeachment trial but “only within the scope” of the two articles of impeachment. 

“My personal preference, Chuck, would be to see this thing dismissed out of hand because I think it's an illegitimate process in the House,” he told moderator Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddIf .5 trillion 'infrastructure' bill fails, it's bye-bye for an increasingly unpopular Biden GOP governor: Biden's vaccine mandate 'increases the division' Manchin says he can't support Biden's .5 trillion spending plan MORE on NBC's "Meet the Press." “They did not give this president due process.” 

Perdue added that he backs Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLindsey Graham: Police need 'to take a firm line' with Sept. 18 rally attendees Manchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants CEOs urge Congress to raise debt limit or risk 'avoidable crisis' MORE’s (R-Ky) decision to run the trial like the Clinton impeachment hearing. McConnell has pushed for a trial without witnesses or testimony, earning enough votes to hear the opening statements before coming to a decision about more witnesses.

Democrats are pushing for additional witnesses, like former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right Ex-Trump adviser Bolton defends Milley: 'His patriotism is unquestioned' MORE and Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiRoger Stone served with Capitol riot lawsuit during radio interview FEC finds Twitter didn't break law by blocking spread of Hunter Biden story Juan Williams: The toxic legacy of Trump's corruption MORE associate Lev Parnas, to be heard in the upper chamber. But Republicans say the House should have collected all of the necessary witnesses and testimony before impeaching President TrumpDonald TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race MORE.

The House impeached the president on the articles of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress last month. But the lower chamber sent the articles to the Senate last week after Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Democrats get to the hard part Biden discusses agenda with Schumer, Pelosi ahead of pivotal week Stefanik in ad says Democrats want 'permanent election insurrection' MORE (D-Calif.) withheld the articles until getting information on the upper chamber’s rules for the trial.