As House Democrats conducted another impeachment hearing, President Trump lunched with a group of lawmakers who might well decide his political fate: Republican senators.
Trump earlier appeared to appeal to the Republican-run Senate in a tweet in which he denounced House Democrats who are pursuing impeachment as"scum."
Trump did not define"turf," but Republicans do control the Senate and would conduct a trial of Trump if House Democrats decide to impeach him.
Officials said Trump has probably spoken, either individually or in groups, with all 53 Republican senators – all jurors in a potential impeachment. Two officials discussed the outreach on condition of anonymity, citing the private nature of the meetings.
Romney, a long-time rival of Trump, has criticized Trump for asking the president of Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden. Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, called Trump's actions"wrong and appalling."
Yet, after his election, Trump interviewed Romney for the secretary of State job before nominating Rex Tillerson to the post.
Collins, a moderate Republican senator, has said she will not comment on the evidence unless or until it comes before the Senate.
Other Republican senators at the White House included Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky (a fierce critic of impeachment), Chuck Grassley of Iowa, John Hoeven of North Dakota, James Lankford of Oklahoma, and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not provide any timeline for where the inquiry goes after Thursday's hearing, including the question of whether Democrats would begin to draw up articles of impeachment.Read more: USA TODAY
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