President Trump on Friday December 13th described the impeachment process against him as a hoax and said he would not mind a long trial in the United States Senate.
In statements to reporters at the White House after the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee endorsed two articles of impeachment against him, Trump said the process was a “sham” and that Democrats were trivialising impeachment and that he wanted to meet the whistle-blower whose complaint had led the Democrats to launching the inquiry, according to Reuters.
Trump said that his poll numbers had increased and that “It’s a very sad thing for our country, but it seems to be very good for me politically… Impeachment is a hoax. It’s a sham,” according to The Washington Post.
The president said he was prepared for a short or long process in the Senate, which is expected to hold the trial in January, “I’ll do whatever I want... So, I’ll do long or short. I wouldn’t mind a long process, because I’d like to see the whistle-blower, who’s a fraud.”
The president said that using the impeachment tool against him was not good for the US. He had repeatedly argued that there was nothing wrong in making a phone call to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in which he pressed him to investigate Democratic former vice president Joe Biden.
“There was nothing done wrong. To use the power of impeachment for this nonsense is an embarrassment to this country,” Trump said.