A controversial impeachment trial is expected run smoothly and end without any public official being removed from office, the president predicted on Dec. 31.
Donald Trump believes an upcoming “big fat hoax” trial in the Senate will be “very easy” for the Republican Party to quash, especially since there is beginning to be bipartisan support to dismiss two articles of impeachment that House Democrats passed before Christmas.
“What the Democrats did in the House was a disgrace,” he said at his Mar-a-Lago Club in a New Year’s Eve video shared on the Fox News Facebook page. “We did not get lawyers, we did not have witnesses, we did not do anything, and still we got 100 percent of the Republican votes, and it was bipartisan because we got three Democrats [defecting to the Republican Party] … which is I think a record. I do not think that has been done before.”
The president confirmed no House Republican voted in support of the impeachment articles and expects Senate Republicans will follow suit.
“I think it is going to go very easy, we have tremendous Republican support,” he said. “We had 196 to nothing with the Republicans … it is going to be fantastic and I look forward to it.”
He maintains his innocence because he did “absolutely nothing wrong,” referring to the official transcript of his telephone conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and multiple statements that there was “no pressure” from both Zelenskiy and the country’s Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko.
“The president of Ukraine said loudly and boldly, and I appreciate the statement, he said many times there was no pressure,” he said. “The foreign minister of Ukraine said there was absolutely no pressure. That is the whole case right there, there was no pressure whatsoever.”
Trump described the House Democrat-led impeachment as false and shameful.
“I think the impeachment thing, I call it the impeachment lie, it is a disgrace,” he said. “[House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi should be ashamed of herself. She is a highly overrated person, I know her well, she is highly overrated.”
The president suggested a review into why other wealthy nations are not offering financial aid and continue to rely on the United States to shoulder the responsibility.
“We have to check corruption and we also have to find out why is it that the United States is always giving foreign countries money, and Germany, and France and all of Europe they are not doing much … relative to this,” he said. “Why is it always the United States? … Where is [German] Chancellor [Angela] Merkel, where is President [Emmanuel] Macron of France? Why aren’t they putting up money, why is always the United States?”