President Donald Trump announced on Fox and Friends Friday that he is ready and willing to begin a trial if House Democrats vote to impeach him.
“I want a trial,” Trump said during the interview as he attacked the impeachment inquiry.
“The hatred is incredible,” he continued saying that Democrats “looked like fools” during the impeachment inquiry this week and then discussed that the Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitzs’ upcoming report on allegations of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). “So, you have a FISA report coming out, which the word is, it’s historic. That’s what the word is That’s what I hear.”
“And these were their witnesses. This was the best they’ve got,” Trump said. He then called House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., a “sick puppy.”
“Now, what you’re going to see, I predict, will be perhaps the biggest scandal in the history of our country,” Trump continued.
“And, if it’s historic, you’re going to see something. And then, perhaps even more importantly, you have [U.S. Attorney John Durham’s report] coming out shortly thereafter — the U.S. attorney — and he’s already announced it’s criminal,” he finalized.
“I’ll tell you what, you have a lot of very bad people,” Trump concluded.
Several of Trump’s aides met with Senate Republicans to begin strategizing for an impeachment trial.
During the phone interview, Trump also said that “they should never ever impeach” but also mentioned that Democrats may do it anyways.
The Senate is predicted to vote in favor of Trump if Democrats in the House draft articles of impeachment against the President.
PEN Media recently reported on the the first filed charges as part of the Justice Department’s FISA Abuse investigation into an FBI official to begin the investigation into the Trump campaign in 2016.
It is not known which FBI official is going to be charged, but there have been reports that former FBI Director James Comey could be indicted as part of the criminal probe being led by U.S. attorney John Durham.