Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News on Thursday that he’ll be in “total coordination” with the White House as he plots the GOP strategy for an impeachment trial against President Trump.
McConnell repeatedly pledged during the interview that he will be in sync with White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, with whom he met privately on Thursday.
“Everything I do during this I’m coordinating with the White House counsel. There will be no difference between the president’s position and our position as to how to handle this,” McConnell said.
McConnell added that he’ll be in “total coordination with the White House counsel’s office and the people who are representing the president in the well of the Senate.”
Pressed about the potential for witnesses during a Senate trial, McConnell said he would coordinate with Trump’s lawyers.
“The president’s counsel may or may not decide they want to have witnesses. The case is so darn weak coming over from the House,” McConnell continued.
Republicans have publicly floated the potential of holding a quick Senate trial where no witnesses are called by either the president’s team or House impeachment managers.
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“I’m going to take my cues from the president’s lawyers. But yes, if you know you have the votes, you’ve listened to the arguments on both sides and believe the case is so slim, so weak that you have the votes to end it, that might be what the president’s lawyers would prefer,” McConnell added during the interview with Sean Hannity.
The Senate trial is expected to start in early January.
McConnell said on Thursday that he hoped an impeachment trial would be a “shorter process rather than a lengthy process.”