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 ToddThe Democratic nominee won't be democratically chosen Debate focus on spectacle over substance doesn't help pick best candidate The Hill's Morning Report - Democrats duke it out during Nevada debate 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 McConnellWhere do we go from here? Conservation can show the way Russian interference reports rock Capitol Hill Top GOP super PAC spent money on NC Democrat 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 BoltonTrump directly sought to block publication of Bolton's book: WaPo 'Parasite' studio fires back after Trump criticism: 'He can't read' Trump swipes at 'little wise guy' Brad Pitt, Korean film 'Parasite' during rally MORE and Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiFormer US ambassador Yovanovitch lands a book deal: report Kerry responds to Trump accusation he violated Logan Act: 'Another presidential lie' Giuliani worked for Dominican Republic candidate amid Ukraine efforts: report 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 TrumpWhere do we go from here? Conservation can show the way Gov. Ron DeSantis more popular in Florida than Trump Sotomayor accuses Supreme Court of bias in favor of Trump administration 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 PelosiRussian interference reports rock Capitol Hill Hillicon Valley: Facebook, Twitter split on Bloomberg video | Sanders briefed on Russian efforts to help campaign | Barr to meet with Republicans ahead of surveillance fight Pelosi blasts Trump's 'dangerous' pick for intelligence chief MORE (D-Calif.) withheld the articles until getting information on the upper chamber’s rules for the trial.