President Donald Trump said his lawyers did “really good” in the opening day of the Senate impeachment trial.
Trump, in Davos for the World Economic Forum, said he watched some of the trial from Switzerland, which is six hours ahead of U.S. eastern time.
“I did get to see some of it. Its a hoax. Its a total hoax,” Trump told CNBC on the sidelines of the forum.
“I think the team was really good. The facts are all on our side.”
White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow led arguments on Tuesday into early Wednesday, urging the Senate to adopt a resolution introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) that laid out the initial trial rules, and attacking various aspects of arguments by House Democrats.
The Republican president noted that GOP members stuck together in the House, with none voting to impeach him last month, and Senate Republicans did the same on Tuesday, repeatedly voting together against amendments offered by Democrats until Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) broke with her party to vote for the tenth and last one, which was still blocked.
“The Republican party has never been this unified. You saw that. A hundred and 95 to nothing. I guess twice. In fact we got three Democrats voting for us. That was with the House,” Trump said.
Four Democrats broke with their party in the House. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) voted “present” on both articles of impeachment and Reps. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Jeff Van Drew (now R-N.J.), and Jared Golden (D-Maine) voted against one or both of the articles.
Trump said he feels like his July 2019 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which served as the trigger for the impeachment inquiry, was “perfect.”
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