Republicans hold enough seats in the Senate to, theoretically, quash an impeachment trial in its infancy — but sources told the outlet that there was a consensus in the meeting to let the process play out, both to stand up to the charges and affirm support for due process.
“Different people have different opinions of what to do, but the main message [is] that a motion to dismiss won’t fly,” one attendee told Politico. A protracted impeachment trial could also allow the White House counsel to call and grill witnesses of their choosing.
Number one on the list could be the younger Biden, who Republicans wanted to question during the House Intelligence Committee hearings, only to be stymied by Democratic control of the witness roster. “The Senate has great latitude,” said noted attorney Alan Dershowitz, an expert in constitutional law.