Trump lashes out at Democrats

Senior White House sources told ABC News they were planning for a short trial, but the president said he wants a long one.
2:28 | 01/23/20

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Mary Bruce, thank you. And president trump in Switzerland, calling a news conference on all of this, weighing in on the length of the trial, on the idea of witnesses and some very candid words from the president when it comes to the idea of hearing from John Bolton in the impeachment trial. ABC's Kyra Phillips traveling with the president tonight. Reporter: President trump returning from Europe tonight after lashing out at the Democrats who put him on trial. They talked about their tremendous case and it's all done they tremendous case. They had no case. It's a hoax. It's a con job. Reporter: He's charged with abuse of power. His lawyers claim that's not an impeachable offense. But the president? Not so sure. Is abuse of power an impeachable offense? Well, it depends. But if you take a look at this and from what everybody tells me, all I do is, I'm honest. Reporter: Senior white house sources tell ABC news they're planning for a short trial. But the president says he wants a long one. He also claims he wants to hear from witnesses like former national security adviser John Bolton, even though he is the one blocking Bolton from testifying. The problem with John is that it's a national security problem. You know, you can't have somebody who's at national security. And if you think about it, John, he knows some of my thoughts. He knows other things. And I don't know if we left in the best of terms, I would say probably not, you know. And so, you don't like people testifying when they didn't leave on good terms. Reporter: The president seemed to relish the idea of crashing the impeachment trial and staring down Democrats himself. So, what do you think? Will you show up at your trial any day in any way shape or form? I'd love to go. Wouldn't that be great? Wouldn't it be beautiful? Reporter: So why don't you go? I don't know. I sort of love -- sit right there in the front row and stare at their corrupt faces. Kyra Phillips with us live from Switzerland tonight. And Kyra, the president was asked if abuse of power is an impeachable offense. His answer was, "It depends." His legal team will argue it is not. And there are headlines that his own troernl in the past has taken a much different view. Reporter: That's right, David. Before he was attorney general, Barr issued a confidential memo for the justice department and trump's legal team while special counsel Robert Mueller was conducting his probe, saying that presidents who abuse their power could be subject to penalties, including he said that's up to congress, Kyra Phillips tonight reporting in. Thank you, Kyra.

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