Trump: 'I wouldn't mind' a long Senate impeachment process

President TrumpDonald TrumpSix big off-year elections you might be missing Twitter suspends GOP Rep. Banks for misgendering trans health official Meghan McCain to Trump: 'Thanks for the publicity' MORE on Friday said he "wouldn't mind" a more drawn out Senate trial if the House votes to impeach him, a break from some of his GOP allies who have said they hope to have a more abbreviated process.

"I’ll do whatever I want. Look, we did nothing wrong. So, I’ll do long or short," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.

Trump added that he believes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden says he's open to altering, eliminating filibuster to advance voting rights Pelosi says GOP senators 'voted to aid and abet' voter suppression for blocking revised elections bill Manchin insists he hasn't threatened to leave Democrats MORE (R-Ky.) and Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamPennsylvania Republican becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress McCain: Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner had 'no goddamn business' attending father's funeral Mayorkas tests positive for COVID-19 breakthrough case MORE (R-S.C.) are "very much in agreement on some concept."

"I’ll do whatever they want to do. It doesn’t matter," Trump said. "I wouldn’t mind a long process because I’d like to see the whistleblower, who’s a fraud."


The comments underscored the difficulty the Senate has had getting on the same page with Trump in gaming out what a Senate trial would look like following a House impeachment vote.

The president has repeatedly stated a desire to hear from witnesses including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenRand Paul calls for Fauci's firing over 'lack of judgment' Dems look to keep tax on billionaires in spending bill Six big off-year elections you might be missing MORE, his son Hunter Biden and the whistleblower whose complaint triggered the impeachment inquiry. 

But several Republican senators have floated conducting a quick trial where no witnesses are called by either the president's team or House impeachment managers. Graham said earlier this week he felt it was in the country's best interest to "deep-six" the trial to move on from impeachment quickly.

McConnell has not publicly backed any particular plan, but said Thursday night he does not expect any Republicans to vote to convict Trump.

"Everything I do during this I'm coordinating with the White House counsel. There will be no difference between the president's position and our position as to how to handle this," McConnell told Fox News on Thursday.


Pressed about the potential for witnesses during a Senate trial, McConnell demurred, saying he would coordinate with Trump's lawyers.

The House Judiciary Committee on Friday morning voted to advance two articles of impeachment against Trump: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The articles are expected to come up for a full House vote next week.