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Trump Says He Wouldnt Mind a Long Impeachment Trial

President Donald Trump said that he “wouldnt mind” a lengthy impeachment trial in the Senate, following a vote by a House panel advancing two articles of impeachment to the full House.

If the House votes to impeach Trump, a trial will take place in the Senate.

Asked if he prefers a long Senate trial or a short one in the Oval Office on Friday, Trump responded, “Ill do whatever I want. Look there is—we did nothing wrong. So Ill do long, or short.”

“Ive heard Mitch, Ive heard Lindsey. I think they are very much in agreement on some concept[s]. Ill do whatever they want to do. It doesnt matter. I wouldnt mind the long process, because Id like to see the whistleblower, whos a fraud,” Trump added.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday night that he is “coordinating” with the White House and that, ultimately, it is up to Trumps lawyers to decide whether to call witnesses during the trial.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said this week hed prefer not to have any witnesses called, opting instead for a speedy trial.

After opening statements are made by lawyers for the House and lawyers representing Trump, then a simple majority of 51 Senators could move to end the trial, McConnell said at his weekly press conference. A conviction requires two-thirds of the Senators present when the vote happens; the GOP holds a 53-47 majority.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks during a Republican Senate leadership press conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Dec. 10, 2019. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

While Senate leadership has suggested not having witnesses called, some House members want witnesses to answer questions.

Trump on Friday called the impeachment efforts “a scam” and “a witch hunt” and said that House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), whose memo on FISA abuse was shown by the Department of Justice Inspector General to be rife with misinformation, is “crooked.”

“Once I released the text of what happened, the transcript, that was the end. Everybody disappeared,” Trump asserted. He released a transcript of his July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr ZRead More – Source

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