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McConnell hopes Senate trial ‘will be a shorter process’ with fewer witnesses

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The following is an excerpt from Blaze Media’s Capitol Hill Brief email newsletter:

When impeachment comes to the Senate, will members of the Republican-controlled upper chamber spend their time on a longer process and delve into the issues underlying the Ukraine controversy and the origins of the impeachment probe, or move quickly to dismiss the matter and get back to other business? Mitch McConnell says he favors the latter.

During an appearance on Fox News Thursday night, the Senate majority leader said that, while he plans to be in “total coordination” with the White House’s legal team on the trial, his “hope is that it will be a shorter process rather than a long, lengthy process.”

McConnell’s not alone in that hope; other Senate Republicans have voiced their preference for a shorter trial as the chamber prepares to take up an expected trial in the new year. “My goal is to end this as soon as possible for the good of the country because I think it’s a danger to the presidency to legitimize this,” Lindsey Graham said Thursday.

In contrast, Republican House Member Jim Banks has publicly called on the Senate to take the strategy of calling witnesses in a lengthier trial in a letter to Graham, in which he implored, “Take your time, learn the facts and show the American people how this all began.”