Trump calls for Senate trial, seeks whistleblower and Schiff as impeachment witnesses
President Trump, during a wide-ranging interview Friday morning with “Fox & Friends,” called for a Senate trial should the House impeach him and pressed for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, the whistleblower and others to be called as witnesses.
Calling into “Fox & Friends” after a packed week of hearings where a parade of witnesses alleged high-level involvement in efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democrats while aid was withheld, Trump blasted the inquiry as “a continuation of the witch hunt” and downplayed the impact of the testimony.
“There’s nothing there,” Trump declared, claiming "there should never be an impeachment" and he “doesn’t know” the majority of the witnesses.
But following a meeting with senators a day earlier, the president announced on the show that if the House impeaches, "Frankly, I want a trial."
He stressed that Senate trial would provide the opportunity to call other witnesses -- including Hunter Biden, whose dealings in Ukraine were at the heart of what he wanted investigated out of Kiev, and especially Schiff.
“There’s only one person I want more than 'Where’s Hunter?' and that is Adam Schiff,” Trump said.