White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said that President Donald Trump is “not afraid of a fight” as the House of Representatives prepared to finally send the articles of impeachment passed last month to the Senate.
House Democrats said they would vote on Wednesday to send the articles to the Senate, triggering an impeachment trial. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she delayed the submission because of concerns Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wouldnt conduct a “fair trial,” but so far it appears little came of the delay.
Appearing on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning, Gidley said, “I hate to talk about hypotheticals, but lets be clear: The president is not afraid of a fight.”
“And if you or anyone within the sound of our voices have been falsely accused of a crime, with no proof and no evidence, for more than three years, youd want every witness to come forward too, and say this man did nothing wrong,” he continued.
“We are not afraid of a fight. We are prepared and whether this thing goes to a full trial, whether its modified or whether its just dismissed out of hand for the sham illegitimate scam it has become, we will be ready.”
Senate Democrats have pushed for witnesses to be voted on in the initial vote by senators, but McConnell said last week he has the votes to start the trial without voting on whether to call witnesses, reiterating he wants to follow the guidelines established in the 1999 trial of President Bill Clinton.
There could still be witnesses called later in the trial, McConnell said.
Some Republicans have indicated they support calling witnesses, and several