Republican President Donald Trump said hes confident that some Democratic senators will vote to acquit him in the Senate impeachment trial.
Trump told Fox News before a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday night that he watched a little bit of the trial and that it was “very boring.”
“Its very boring. I call it the impeachment hoax, and thats what it is, its a hoax,” he said.
“It should have never taken place, should have never been allowed to happen, but I have great confidence in Republican senators and probably some Democrats, from what I understand.”
Trump was impeached on Dec. 18, 2019, on charges of abuse of power and obstructing Congress. The Senate heard days of arguments from House impeachment managers and Trumps legal team before submitting questions over two days, a phase that ended on Thursday night.
Convicting Trump on an article of impeachment and removing him from office requires a supermajority vote by the Senate, which Republicans hold 53-47. Dismissing the articles, or acquitting the president, requires a simple majority.
A growing number of Republicans said this week theyll vote to acquit Trump, with few signaling they have any doubts about the case. Several Democrats were considering voting to acquit—Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), and Doug Jones (D-Ala.)—Manchin told Politico.
“I know its hard to believe that. But I really am [undecided]. But I have not made a final decision. Every day, I hear something, I think this is compelling, thats compelling,” Manchin said. “Everyones struggling a little bit.”
Sens. Sinema and Jones didnt immediately return requests for comment.