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Politics GOP senators discuss impeachment with Trump after House vote

22:05  31 october  2019
22:05  31 october  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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A small group of Republican senators discussed the ongoing impeachment proceedings with President Trump at the White House Thursday shortly after the House passed a resolution laying out the rules for the impeachment inquiry.

Donald Trump sitting at a table in front of a laptop: GOP senators discuss impeachment with Trump after House vote© Getty Images GOP senators discuss impeachment with Trump after House vote

Trump reiterated some of the same points he's made publicly in recent days to defend himself from the House probe, according to senators who were present.

He urged GOP senators to read the transcript the White House released of Trump's July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which spurred the House to take action.

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Trump has argued in recent weeks that the transcript shows the call was innocent and there was no effort to propose a quid pro quo in exchange for Zelensky agreeing to investigate Democratic candidate Joe Biden.

It's the second time in two weeks Trump has summoned a group of Republican senators to the White House for a private discussion in an apparent effort to keep his relations strong with the Senate GOP conference, which could try articles of impeachment early next year.

Trump characterized the meeting to senators as a chance to "talk to folks, hear what's on people's minds," according to a senator who attended.

"We discussed a variety of topics, including impeachment," said Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who attended the meeting.

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Asked about Trump's specific message on impeachment, Hawley said he repeated "everything that he said in public."

"Read the transcript. That's what he said," Hawley added, describing the president as "upbeat" and "positive."

Trump expressed confidence that the transcript would clear him of allegations of wrongdoing and indicated that he felt justified by making it public.

"He said a number of times he was really glad there was a transcript and that he was really glad he released it," Hawley said.

The senators did not discuss with Trump the testimony of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who told House investigators earlier this week that the White House edited the transcript of the Zelensky call to remove explicit references to Biden and Burisma Holdings, which paid Biden's son tens of thousands of dollars to serve on its board.

Asked if Trump feels Republicans are doing enough to defend him, the GOP senator said the topic did not come up.

Instead, the president mentioned the two House Democrats who voted against the resolution: Reps. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and Jeff Van Drew (R-N.J.).

Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) were among the senators who attended the meeting.

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  Susan Collins won't co-sponsor Senate resolution condemning impeachment inquiry The Maine Republican said she has not yet decided how she will vote on the resolution.The measure, introduced by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) last week, has support from 50 of the 53 Senate Republicans. It also asks that the House provide President Donald Trump “due process” and give House Republicans subpoena power.

Trump touts Ukraine call during meeting with Republican senators .
President Donald Trump on Thursday continued courting the Republicans that will determine whether or not he is removed from office, telling a group of nine GOP senators that he was glad he had released the summary of his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. © Scott Olson/Getty Images President Donald Trump. Over chicken lunch in the Roosevelt Room, the president repeatedly referenced the summary of his call with Zelensky as exculpatory and touted the opposition of two House Democrats to the House’s impeachment resolution on Thursday, according to attendees.

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