Donald Trump, President of the United States of America, has said he would love to attend his impeachment trial and stare at the face of his accusers, members of the Democratic Party-led US House of Representatives.
President Trump made the remarks at a press conference on Wednesday shortly before he departed Davos, Switzerland, where he attended the World Economic Forum, for Washington, the US capital.
The embattled US President, however, said his lawyers have warned him against attending the trial holding at the US Senate.
He said: “I’d love to go. I’d sort of love (to) sit in the front row and stare in their corrupt faces.
“I think they (his lawyers) might have a problem.”
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President Trump also admitted that he would love to have certain persons -considered as key witnesses by the Democrats – testify at the trial.
He, however, stated that the individuals such as John Bolton, his former National Security Adviser, cannot testify due to what he described as “national security” concerns.
“I would rather go the long way. I would rather interview Bolton, I would rather interview a lot of people.
“The problem with John, is that it’s a national security problem,” Trump said. “He knows some of my thoughts he knows what I think about leaders. What happens if he reveals what I think about a certain layer and it’s not very positive and then I have to deal on behalf of the country? It’s going to be very hard it’s going to make the job very hard.
“When you have a national security, you could call it presidential prerogative … I call it for national security reasons, executive privilege, they say—so that would john would certainly fit into that,” he said.
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The US President also noted Bolton’s abrupt departure from the White House in September, saying: “you don’t like people testifying when they didn’t leave on good terms.”
President Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives on December 18.
He is accused of asking Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky, during a phone call on July 25, 2019, to launch an anti-corruption investigation into Democratic presidential aspirant, Joe Biden, whose son, Hunter, held a board position with a Ukrainian energy firm, Burisma.
The second allegation is that the US President obstructed Congress by refusing to allow White House staff to testify at the impeachment hearings last year.
Trump is the third president in US history to face an impeachment trial.
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