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. 

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“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 ToddCoronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Dr. Tom Inglesby Gottlieb calls for CDC to have 'elevated' role in coronavirus fight Navarro: CDC 'really let the country down with the testing' 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 McConnellBossie, Lewandowski warned Trump he was in trouble in 2020: report FISA 'reform': Groundhog Day edition The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Major space launch today; Trump feuds with Twitter 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 BoltonHave the courage to recognize Taiwan McConnell says Obama administration 'did leave behind' pandemic plan Trump company lawyer warned Michael Cohen not to write 'tell-all' book: report MORE and Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiSunday shows preview: States begin to reopen even as some areas in US see case counts increase Moussaoui says he now renounces terrorism, bin Laden Democrats launch probe into Trump's firing of State Department watchdog, Pompeo 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 John TrumpJustice says it will recommend Trump veto FISA bill Fauci: Nominating conventions may be able to go on as planned Poll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationally 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 PelosiMcCarthy urges Democrats to pull surveillance bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Major space launch today; Trump feuds with Twitter How lawmaker ties helped shape Fed chairman's COVID-19 response MORE (D-Calif.) withheld the articles until getting information on the upper chamber’s rules for the trial.