“There’s nothing there,” President Trump declared in an interview with Fox and Friends on Friday morning, 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.
Blasting Schiff’s dramatized reading (later described as a parody) of the now-infamous phone call with Ukraine’s president and challenging his claims not to know the whistleblower, Trump said: “I want to see Adam Schiff testify about the whistleblower.”
He went on to say he also wants to hear from the “fake whistleblower,” saying he and “everybody” know the identity and alleging they filed a “false report” on his July 25 with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“I want the whistleblower, who put in a false report, to testify,” Trump said, adding that he believes the individual “is a political operative.”