There are three paths before Senate Majority Leader McConnell when it comes to any articles of impeachment the House eventually sends the Senate’s way.
One is short: a quick dismissal by the Senate.
One is long: an extensive trial that would let the president and his defenders expose wrongdoing by Democrats and their ”permanent bureaucracy” allies.
The third—the only approach that is obviously wrong but that may also be the most likely outcome—would be a far more limited trial that would serve only to reward Democrats for their bad behavior before reaching the foreordained conclusion that President Trump will not be removed from office.
There’s a lot of appeal to the first in my list: a long, deep dive.
There’s also a strong argument to be made for peremptory dismissal—think of it as a motion for summary judgment.
Whatever course Leader McConnell takes, he should take care to not legitimize this sham impeachment.