With his impeachment now all-but-certain, President Donald Trump and his allies are beginning to look past the House of Representatives, shifting their sights to the Republican-led Senate where the President will face trial.
Trump, who as recently as Wednesday lamented impeachment as a “dirty word,” has struggled to accept the prospect of becoming the third President in history to be impeached. But the President and White House officials are now signaling they will mount a robust defense in the Senate and look to turn the tables on Democrats during the President’s trial — including by digging in on the President’s unsubstantiated claims of corruption leveled at former Vice President Joe Biden.
Trump’s new reality began to set in as he returned from the NATO summit in London, where he canceled a scheduled news conference after a video surfaced appearing to show several world leaders, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, mocking Trump’s impromptu question-and-answer sessions with reporters alongside foreign counterparts.
Trump was “annoyed” and “bothered” by the hot mic video and people close to him said he fumed about Trudeau as he prepared to leave London.