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Trump insists he isn't worried about impeachment: 'This is a happy period'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE used a campaign rally in Iowa Thursday night to air grievances against House Democrats over his impeachment while describing a “happy period” for the Republican Party despite what he lambasted as a partisan “hoax.”

“We’re having probably the best years that we’ve ever had in our country, and I just got impeached! Can you believe these people? I got impeached. They impeached Trump,” Trump told the crowd in Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday evening.

“They want to nullify your ballots, poison our democracy, and overthrow the entire system of government,” Trump said of House Democrats. “That’s not happening — I can tell you that.”

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Trump insisted he wasn’t worried about his impeachment – perhaps a reflection of his expected acquittal by the Republican-controlled Senate. The president told the crowd that the Republicans would “treat us very fairly,” in what seemed to be a passing reference to the upper chamber’s handling of his impeachment trial over the last several days.

“Why am I not worried? I should be worried,” Trump said, before talking about the impeachments of former Presidents Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonTrump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College Obama: 'Hopeless' to try to sell as many books as Michelle Dow breaks 30,000 for first time as Biden transition ramps up MORE, Richard Nixon and Andrew Johnson as “dark periods.”

“This is a happy period for us,” Trump said. “It’s a happy period because we call it ‘impeachment light.’”

Trump also lashed out at specific House Democrats by name, mocking Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Trump pardons Flynn | Lawmakers lash out at decision | Pentagon nixes Thanksgiving dining hall meals due to COVID-19 Democratic impeachment leaders blast Trump's pardon of Flynn Trump pardons Michael Flynn MORE (D-Calif.) — the lead House impeachment manager — as a “sick puppy,” and accusing House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGovernors take heat for violating their own coronavirus restrictions Spending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation MORE (D-Calif.) of ignoring problems in her home district to focus on impeachment.

“They don’t love our country. I swear they don’t,” Trump claimed of House Democrats. “We have to take back the House of Representatives. We have to.”

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The rally took place as Trump’s impeachment trial continued in Washington, with senators asking questions of Trump’s defense attorneys and House impeachment managers.

The Democrat-controlled House voted in December to impeach Trump for abusing his power by pressuring Ukraine for investigations into his political opponents and obstructing the congressional inquiry into his dealings with Kyiv.

Trump has vehemently denied any wrongdoing and the White House has accused Democrats of a political exercise to damage him ahead of 2020.

Closing arguments in the impeachment trial are slated to take place on Friday, after which the Senate will move to a question of whether to call additional witnesses in the trial.

Most Republicans have remained opposed to calling witnesses in the Senate, though a handful have been open to the possibility and the outcome of the vote is no a certainly. Democrats would need four Republicans to vote with them in order to call more witnesses.

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Democrats have insisted the trial would not be a fair one if the upper chamber does not call witnesses, such as former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonPressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win Sunday shows - Virus surge dominates ahead of fraught Thanksgiving holiday Bolton calls on GOP leadership to label Trump's behavior 'inexcusable' MORE, who has reportedly written about his firsthand knowledge of the Ukraine affair in an unpublished draft of his forthcoming book. 

Trump’s attorneys and the White House, meanwhile, have urged a quick acquittal of the president by the GOP-controlled Senate. 

If Republicans defeat an effort to call witnesses in the trial, a vote on conviction or acquittal could come as soon as Friday.