Trump says House Democrats 'unfortunately' have the votes to impeach

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries Tucker Carlson ratchets up criticism of Duckworth, calls her a 'coward' Trump on Confederate flag: 'It's freedom of speech' MORE on Friday said he believes House Democrats have the votes to impeach him, but expressed confidence that he would be exonerated in the Senate and Republicans would benefit at the polls.

Trump told reporters that he expected House Democrats to fall in line in support of his impeachment. The House is in the middle of an impeachment inquiry centered on allegations that Trump abused his office for personal gain by urging foreign leaders to investigate a political rival.

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"They're all in line. Because even though many of them don’t want to vote, they have no choice. They have to follow their leadership," Trump said outside the White House. "And then we'll get it to the Senate, and we're going to win."

"So the Democrats, unfortunately, they have the votes," he added. "They can vote very easily, even though most of them, many of them, don’t believe they should do it. And I do believe ... that they're going to pay a tremendous price at the polls."

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiClash looms over next coronavirus relief bill Trump's WHO decision raises bipartisan concerns in House Five takeaways from PPP loan data MORE (D-Calif.) last week announced the House had launched a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump based on his urging the Ukrainian president to look into Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTucker Carlson ratchets up criticism of Duckworth, calls her a 'coward' Joe Biden wins New Jersey primary Biden wins Delaware primary MORE.

The House has spent the last 10 days interviewing witnesses and pressing the White House for documents as part of its probe, while Trump's allies dismiss their efforts as political theater.

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham challenger Harrison raises record-shattering .9 million for SC Senate bid Trump renews culture war, putting GOP on edge Bubba Wallace responds to Trump: 'Even when it's HATE from the POTUS.. Love wins' MORE (R-S.C.), a close ally of Trump’s, argued Friday that Democrats should have to go on the record about their efforts to investigate Trump.

A simple majority of House members must vote in favor of an article of impeachment for the president to be impeached.

Democrats hold a 235-197 advantage in the House. To date, 226 Democratic lawmakers plus Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashDemocrats fear US already lost COVID-19 battle Michigan candidate's daughter urges people not to vote for him in viral tweet Can Trump break his 46 percent ceiling? MORE (I-Mich.) have voiced support for an impeachment inquiry or for impeachment.

Two-thirds of senators must vote to convict Trump for him to be removed from office, meaning roughly 20 Republicans would have to side against the president.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellClash looms over next coronavirus relief bill McGrath campaign staffers to join union Romney, Collins, Murkowski won't attend GOP convention MORE (R-Ky.) said this week he is obligated to do conduct a trial, and has indicated he will do so quickly if Trump is impeached in the House.

“I would have no choice but to take it up,” McConnell told CNBC on Monday.