President Donald Trump on Wednesday told reporters that the idea of attending his own impeachment trial is something he’s considered, though he believes his legal team might not agree with such a move.
According to The Washington Examiner, during a news conference with reporters as the president visits Davos, Switzerland, Trump seemed to enjoy the thought of staring his accusers down while sitting on the Senate floor.
“Wouldn’t that be great? Wouldn’t that be beautiful? I’d sort of love to sit right in the front row and stare at their corrupt faces. I’d love to do. Don’t keep talking because you may convince me to do it,” Trump told reporters.
Trump’s thoughts on the matter come as Democrats and Republicans clashed on day one of Trump’s Senate impeachment trial. A team of House Managers presented their case against the president only to face a strong counter argument by the president’s star-studded, seven-member impeachment defense legal team, which is led by White House lawyer Pat Cipollone.
Democrats continued to argue that the president is guilty of abuse of power after the delayed transfer of a nearly $400 million military aid package for Ukraine, claiming he used the money in an attempt to leverage Ukrainian officials for political ammunition on Joe Biden and Hunter Biden.
Trump and his team have insisted since the impeachment inquiry began last year that the president did nothing wrong and that the phone call he had with the Ukrainian president on July 25 was perfectly legal and acceptable.
Kicking off the very long, first day of impeachment proceedings in the upper chamber also involved a number of proposed amendments by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Many of the amendments sought to seek approval to force the White House to turn over various Ukraine-related documents, but all of the amendments that were proposed were voted down with the Republican’s majority in the Senate.
On Wednesday, opening arguments are set to take place in the ongoing trial.