The White House and Senate Republicans disagree on procedures for the Senate impeachment trial, a top White House official said after emerging from an hour-plus meeting with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“We are having a lot of good conversations with Senate Republicans,” Eric Ueland, Trump’s chief legislative negotiator, told reporters Thursday after he and White House counsel Pat Cipollone met with McConnell on Capitol Hill. “We’ll continue to do that here over the next few days and weeks as we work through all these issues and priorities the president’s outlined when it comes to where we should go on these articles.”
The House is expected to vote on and approve two articles of impeachment next week before departing Washington for Christmas. House Democrats are charging Trump with abusing the power of his office in dealings with Ukraine and obstructing Congress.
Among the key areas of disagreement is whether to call witnesses during the trial and, if so, how many.