Trump: 'I'll do whatever I want' during Senate impeachment trial

President Trump said Friday that he hasn’t decided whether to wage a long or short impeachment defense in the U.S. Senate, but either way, he expressed confidence in the outcome.

“I’ll do whatever I want. Look, there is — we did nothing wrong,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. “So I’ll do long or short. I’ve heard Mitch [McConnell], I’ve heard Lindsey [Graham]. I think they are very much in agreement on some concept. I’ll do whatever they want to do, it doesn’t matter.

During a Thursday night appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told the host that his “hope is that it will be a shorter process rather than a lengthy process." McConnell also made clear that he was acting in lock step with the White House.

“Everything I do during [the impeachment process], I’m coordinating with White House counsel,” McConnell said. “There will be no difference between the president’s position and our position, as to how to handle this.”

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HERSHEY, PA, USA - DECEMBER 10 : U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on December 10, 2019 at Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States. (Photo by Lev Radin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, PA, USA - DECEMBER 10 : U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on December 10, 2019 at Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States. (Photo by Lev Radin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, PA, USA - DECEMBER 10 : U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on December 10, 2019 at Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States. (Photo by Lev Radin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, PA, USA - DECEMBER 10 : U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on December 10, 2019 at Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States. (Photo by Lev Radin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, PA, USA - DECEMBER 10 : U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on December 10, 2019 at Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States. (Photo by Lev Radin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, PA, USA - DECEMBER 10 : U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on December 10, 2019 at Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States. (Photo by Lev Radin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, PA, USA - DECEMBER 10 : U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on December 10, 2019 at Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States. (Photo by Lev Radin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, PA, USA - DECEMBER 10 : U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on December 10, 2019 at Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States. (Photo by Lev Radin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, PA, USA - DECEMBER 10 : U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on December 10, 2019 at Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States. (Photo by Lev Radin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, PA, USA - DECEMBER 10 : U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on December 10, 2019 at Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States. (Photo by Lev Radin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, PA, USA - DECEMBER 10 : U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (R) gesture during a campaign rally on December 10, 2019 at Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States. (Photo by Lev Radin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 10 2019: Trump supporters attend the Make America Great Rally in Hershey.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire/ Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 10 2019: Trump supporters attend the Make America Great Rally in Hershey.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire/ Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 10 2019: A Trump woman supporter attends the Make America Great Rally in Hershey.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire/ Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 10 2019: Trump supporters attend the Make America Great Rally in Hershey.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire/ Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 10 2019: Trump supporters attend the Make America Great Rally in Hershey.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire/ Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 10 2019: Trump supporters attend the Make America Great Rally in Hershey.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire/ Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 10 2019: Trump supporters attend the Make America Great Rally in Hershey.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire/ Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 10 2019: President Donald J. TRUMP speaks to his supporters at Make America Great Rally in Hershey.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire/ Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 10 2019: President Donald J. TRUMP speaks to his supporters at Make America Great Rally in Hershey.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire/ Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 10 2019: President Donald J. TRUMP speaks to his supporters at Make America Great Rally in Hershey.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire/ Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Preston Ehrler / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks for more than an hour as he and Vice-President Mike Pence return to Pennsylvania for a a Keep America Great campaign rally at the Giant Center, in Hershey, PA, on December 10, 2019. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Vice-President Mike Pence takes the stage to introduce U.S. President Donald Trump as they return to Pennsylvania for a a Keep America Great campaign rally at the Giant Center, in Hershey, PA, on December 10, 2019. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump greets supporters as he steps of the stage after speaking for more than an hour as he and Vice-President Mike Pence return to Pennsylvania for a a Keep America Great campaign rally at the Giant Center, in Hershey, PA, on December 10, 2019. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump greets supporters as he steps of the stage after speaking for more than an hour as he and Vice-President Mike Pence return to Pennsylvania for a a Keep America Great campaign rally at the Giant Center, in Hershey, PA, on December 10, 2019. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks for more than an hour as he and Vice-President Mike Pence return to Pennsylvania for a a Keep America Great campaign rally at the Giant Center, in Hershey, PA, on December 10, 2019. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People in attendance hear U.S. President Donald Trump speak for more than an hour during a campaign rally with Vice-President Mike Pence at the Giant Center, in Hershey, PA, on December 10, 2019. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks for more than an hour as he and Vice-President Mike Pence return to Pennsylvania for a a Keep America Great campaign rally at the Giant Center, in Hershey, PA, on December 10, 2019. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks for more than an hour as he and Vice-President Mike Pence return to Pennsylvania for a a Keep America Great campaign rally at the Giant Center, in Hershey, PA, on December 10, 2019. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump greets supporters as he steps on the stage for a campaign rally with Vice-President Mike Pence at the Giant Center, in Hershey, PA, on December 10, 2019. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump greets supporters as he steps on the stage for a campaign rally with Vice-President Mike Pence at the Giant Center, in Hershey, PA, on December 10, 2019. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People in attendance hear U.S. President Donald Trump speak for more than an hour during a campaign rally with Vice-President Mike Pence at the Giant Center, in Hershey, PA, on December 10, 2019. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
HERSHEY, PA - DECEMBER 10: U.S. President Donald Trump waves during a campaign rally on December 10, 2019 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. This rally marks the third time President Trump has held a campaign rally at Giant Center. The attendance of both President and Vice President signifies the importance Pennsylvania holds as a key battleground state. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
HERSHEY, PA - DECEMBER 10: (L-R) Janelle Kiscaddin and Jadyn Seaman wear matching U.S. President Donald Trump sweatshirts and hats before Trump speaks during a campaign rally on December 10, 2019 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. This rally marks the third time President Trump has held a campaign rally at Giant Center. The attendance of both President and Vice President signifies the importance Pennsylvania holds as a key battleground state. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
HERSHEY, PA - DECEMBER 10: U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd upon taking the stage during a campaign rally on December 10, 2019 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. This rally marks the third time President Trump has held a campaign rally at Giant Center. The attendance of both President and Vice President signifies the importance Pennsylvania holds as a key battleground state. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
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After the House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines Friday to advance articles of impeachment against Trump to an expected vote next Wednesday in the full House, Sen. Graham, R-S.C., signaled his preference for a speedy trial in the Senate.

Trump also claimed Friday that his poll numbers had “gone through the roof” thanks to impeachment.

“The people are absolutely disgusted,” he said of the process. “Nobody’s every seen anything like this.”

While Trump railed against the Democrats who support impeachment, saying they “made absolute fools out of themselves,” he reserved special ire for the government whistleblower who filed a formal complaint about his July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, sparking the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.

That complaint alleged that Trump had requested that Ukraine undertake investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter and into a debunked conspiracy theory about the 2016 presidential election. A transcript of the call released by the White House corroborated the whistleblower’s allegation.

“I wouldn’t mind a long process because I’d like to see the whistleblower, who’s a fraud,” Trump said Friday. “The whistleblower wrote a false report and I really blew it up when I released the transcript of the call.”

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