President Trump is not afraid of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff—the two people who hold his fate on impeachment.
He proved this on Friday when he continued to taunt them over a potential impeachment trial to be held in the Senate.
ABC News reports:
“Frankly, I want a trial,” Trump said during an interview on “Fox and Friends” on Friday, maintaining that a Senate trial will afford him the opportunity to call in witnesses, including Hunter Biden, the former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, and Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
“There’s only one person I want more than ‘Where’s Hunter?’ and that is Adam Schiff,” Trump said.
That is, Trump would accept the House charging him with impeachment articles if the Republican-led Senate can then go on the offensive with an investigation of their own.
Adam Schiff will be compelled to testify should the Democrats decide, despite the fact that my presidential conversations were totally appropriate (perfect), to go forward with the Impeachment Hoax. Polls have now turned very strongly against Impeachment!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 23, 2019
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would take the matter up but that it was too early to determine how they would carry out a potential trial.
“It’s way too early to scope out or announce how we might handle impeachment when it gets to the Senate,” McConnell said earlier this week, per the report. “We’re all having ‘what if’ discussions. But I think just laying out various hypotheticals now is not helpful.”
“Under the impeachment rules of the Senate, we will take the matter up,” the Republican senator added.
For months, Pelosi and Schiff have threatened to impeach Trump and opportunistically jumped on a whistle-blown call between him and Ukrainian President Zelensky.
Here’s even more from ABC News:
GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee and is a top Trump ally on Capitol Hill, requested records from the State Department on Thursday related to former Vice President Joe Biden’s communications with then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on their alleged efforts to oust a Ukrainian prosecutor in 2016.
Graham, in his letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is seeking records from February and March of 2016 related to former prosecutor Victor Shokin’s firing. At the time, Biden’s son Hunter held a board position with Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company, which was facing scrutiny from Shokin’s office.
Graham previously said calling in the Bidens as witnesses would amount to nothing but a “circus” in the Senate.
“I’ve tried to resist turning the Senate into a circus. I don’t want to go after Joe and Hunter Biden because people are mad that Trump’s not getting a fair deal in the House,” Graham said earlier this month.