Divisions among Senate Republicans are revising their strategy for possible impeachment.
As lawmakers await parliamentary articles, they raise their own ideas about what the Senate's action should look like.
However, Republicans disagree on the duration of a trial and who should testify – two issues that need to be addressed in the process of negotiating the rules of the process.
Sen. Rand Paul Randal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP shared the strategy of impeachment with Trump: "Everyone Knows Who's the Whistleblower" Johnson Opens the Door for Whistleblower's Submission, Ship, Biden's MORE (R -Ky.) He considers forcing a vote in the Senate to try to allow the White House to appeal to his preferred witnesses, including Hunter Biden.
"The rules being proposed are modifiable and therefore I will strongly consider that the President should go through his full trial, which for me means calling in his own witnesses," Paul said.
Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey Graham Lindsey Olin GrahamGOP split on the strategy of impeachment GOP wants to report alleged abuse of FBI surveillance Johnson opens the door for whistleblower summons, Ship, Biden's MORE  (RS.C.), He says the rules of procedure should exclude "hearsay" and the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Adam Schiff Adam Bennett ShipGOP shared the strategy of impeachment trial of a top NSC adjutant who places Sondland on the front line of the Ukraine campaign and speaks for Trump MORE (D-Calif.), And the whistleblower should be called.
"I will not vote for a resolution that will allow the impeachment procedure to be based on hearsay, and I will not vote for a resolution that denies the President the opportunity to stand up to his prosecutors," Graham added. 19659002] Majority Leader in the Senate Mitch McConnell Addison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP divided on the impeachment strategy strategy Kudlow & # 39; s very optimistic & # 39; for new NAFTA deal | The Ex-Im bill rejected by Trump McConnell Top House Democrats calls for a review of DHS appointments MORE (R-Ky.) Has largely declined to speculate on the details of the process, except that he expects this to be one.  "I think we should give people the opportunity to tackle the case, the house will have moderators, the President will undoubtedly auc h be represented by lawyers. When asked how long it takes, it's really up to the Senate, "McConnell said.
He added that "it is impossible to predict how long we will be left or what will happen." No way to know it.
McConnells MPs have warned that they are too far ahead of Parliament's impeachment investigation.The House of Representatives is weeks in its investigation into whether President Trump Donald John TrumpGOP is split over impeachment proceedings Having won a one-on-one interview with Trump about the help of the Governor of Louisiana for Ukraine election MORE tied the Ukrainian help to the country to initiate an investigation of former Vice President Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
Asked about that Call with the Bidens, Sen. John Thune John Randolph ThuneGOP divided on the strategy of impeachment Hillicon Valley: Twitter shares more details on political ad rules | Supreme Court takes Google Oracle battle | Pentagon boss defends Microsoft -Cloud contract House, Senate agrees on anti-robocall law MORE [1 9659006] (RS.D.), McConnells No. 2, announces that senators are rejecting many ideas, but refer to talks about potential witnesses as "premature." "
" I know that some of our members put forward some ideas and suggestions, but I think everything is somehow hypothetical at this point, "he said.
Sen. Roy Blunt Roy Dean BluntGOP Divided into the Strategy of Impeachment Propagation of Storm Disease Slowing Dems in Congress Pushing to Block Trump's Abortion Rule GOP Senators Shy Up Tedious Termination Proceedings MORE (R-Mo.), A another member of the leadership also warned, "we are ahead of ourselves" when asked for witnesses.
While the Republicans of the Senate consider a trial far from guaranteed and the outcome largely pre-determined, the breadth of drafting the impeachment deed, the nature of the articles, and the number of defendants likely will affect the duration of the process, which witnesses call Need to become.
But that did little to stop the Republicans from public brainstorming.
Some Republicans have pushed back Paul and others who want to ask the Biden to testify.
Sen. John Cornyn John CornynGOP divided on impeachment strategy GOP senators deter widespread impeachment process House panel pushes ban on e-cigarettes with taste | Senators Push FDA Tobacco Chief on Vaping Prohibition MORE (R-Texas) warned against "Rabbit Trails" and Sen. Ron Johnson Ronald (Ron) quarrel with Harold JohnsonGOP over the publication of an impeachment strategy in the White House Rough Transcript an early call by Trump and Ukraine minutes before the impeachment hearing. Johnson opens the door for a whistleblower's summons. Ship, Biden's MORE (R-Wis.) Said Hunter Biden was not sure what he would add.
Sen. Mike Lee Michael (Mike) Shumway LeeGOP Divided Over the Impeachment Strategy Hillicon Valley: Amazon Appeals to the Pentagon Cloud Treaty in Court | State antitrust investigation against Google expands | Intel agencies no longer gather location data without warrant Senators introduce bipartisan bill restricting police use of facial recognition technology MORE (R-Utah) opened the door for the anonymous whistleblower whose complaint triggered the house's impeachment investigation ,
"I would not rule anything out, especially with the House of Representatives, which excludes all these witnesses, basically all the witnesses the Republicans want to call. I think if they make it that much more likely, there's a growing Senate sentiment to want to call everyone they've rejected, or at least those we consider critical to the case, "Lee said during an interview with Fox News.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr Richard Mauze BurrGOP split on North Carolina impeachment strategy to adopt new congress plans Saagar Enjeti claims Pelosis impeachment strategy could do more harm to Democrats in 2020 (RN .C.) Triggered a firestorm of questions about the duration of the trial after it hovered during a North Carolina event that could take six to eight weeks.
Asked about Burr's proposal, Senator. Kevin Cramer Kevin John CramerGOP divided on strategy of impeachment trial GOP senators shy away from protracted impeachment process GOP senators want to eliminate impeachment week. ) joked that the Republicans were discussing ten weeks.
"We're thinking about 10," Cramer joked before adding, "No, I think it could be 10 minutes, frankly."
McConnell has used the Clinton impeachment trial as a rough guideline and cadre the Republicans have shot down Burr's chronicle, arguing that there is no reason to last longer than the five-week trial of Clinton.
The timeframe could affect the democratic elementary school in 2020. If it does not start before the beginning of January, the five senators will run for president six days a week to days after the Iowa caucus on February 3 in Washington DC, even if the trial lasts as long as that of Clinton.
Others have admitted that they are being asked to shoot in the dark mostly because they receive uninterrupted questions from reporters hungry for details about what a possible impeachment process might look like.
"I do not know," Senator said. John Kennedy John Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) Asked how long the process should last. "I can not answer that because I did not see any of the testimony."
When asked if he would support a request for release rather than going through a trial, he added, "I can not answer that, I just can not answer, you ask me to make a judgment if I am The trial against Clinton lasted five weeks, starting on January 7, 1999 and ending on February 13, 1999. The Senate was passed a resolution at the beginning of the process that set the procedure for filing Proposals set out how long senators should ask questions and how to convene witnesses.
A second resolution determining who should be convicted as witnesses with the party, however, delayed lines.
McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer Charles (Chuck) Ellis Schumer Overnight Health Care: Trump Officials Changes to the Proposal for Drug Pricing | House Pan el advances ban on e-cigarettes with taste | Senators Push FDA Tobacco Chief to Ban Vaping Chad Wolf to Become Acting DHS Secretary Schumer Blocked Senate Warfare Pricing Measures MORE (DN.Y.) Seeks to negotiate an agreement on rules for impeachment. The decision would have to be taken by simple majority.
According to aides, it would also be possible to change the word and create a potential opening for conservatives or 2020 candidates to try to force votes on the word.
Schumer raised questions about the trial during a trial Weekly press conference of the leadership, which says that while Democrats do not want to "cut" a process, questions about the details are "premature."
"Leader McConnell has not come to us at this time." I think nothing of it. … And remember, any discussion will also involve the prosecutors of the house. Who do you want to call? Because they lead the process. And the defenders of the president and whom they want. So it's too early, "added Schumer.
Sen. Dick Durbin Richard (Dick) Joseph DurbinGOP split on impeachment strategy Democratic senators are introducing legislation to urge ICE to stop "overuse" of solitary confinement. Ill.) Added that Democrats would not seek to shorten a trial just to help senators running for the White House, but warned the GOP against playing games.
"This is serious business, it should not be an object of political gameplay," Durbin said.
Asked after the gossip of some Republicans if they wanted to call the Biden, he added, "The next thing they want is Hillary Clinton Hillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP, divided on the strategy of impeachment & # 39; Too Far Left & # 39; hashtag trends on Twitter Resistance or unhinged behavior? Partisan hatred reaches Trump's family MORE . They are just trying to find the next level of political drama.