Transcript for Trump on impeachment trial: ‘Complete hoax’
As that somber ritual was taking place in the senate amid those new allegations, president trump in the oval office, once again calling the impeachment a complete hoax. And when the president was asked late today about the man seen in that video now at mar-a-lago, lev parnas, the president said, "I have no idea who he is. "Here's ABC's chief white house correspondent Jonathan Karl. Reporter: Shortly after the formal opening of senate impeachment proceedings, president trump said he wants a speedy end to the trial. Well, I think it should go very quickly. It's a hoax. It's a hoax, everyone knows that. There was nothing done wrong. Reporter: As for the new allegations from Rudy Giuliani's associate, the president insisted he just does not know I don't know him. I've never had a conversation that I remember with him. Reporter: The president acknowledged there are photos of parnas posing with him, but he said that doesn't prove anything. I take thousands and thousands of pictures with people all the time. I don't know him. Perhaps he's a fine man, perhaps he's not. I know nothing about him. Let's get to Jon Karl, live at the white house tonight. And Jon, this trial has officially begun, but we will begin to see the proceedings come Tuesday. You've learned that the white house still hasn't settled on the team that will be defending the president? Reporter: David, I expect that the white house's legal team will be led by pat sip Loney and by the president's outside lawyer, Jay sekulow. I'm told that Alan Dershowitz is likely to play a role on the president's legal team. But the bottom line tonight is that officials say there has not been a final decision made yet on the composition of the president's legal team. All right, Jon Karl, Mary Bruce and our team in our coverage of the impeachment trial for tonight.
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