Is Trump ready for his impeachment trial?

Rudy Giuliani said he will be assisting the president with his defense.
2:16 | 01/18/21

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Now to the waning hours of the trump administration and a key question, is the president ready for his impeachment trial? Rudy Giuliani telling ABC news he will help with trump's defense, help the white house has yet to confirm. Here's ABC's white house correspondent Rachel Scott. Reporter: Tonight, with less than 72 hours left in his term, president trump is isolated, his second impeachment trial looming. Spotted at the white house this weekend, his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Sources say the president has recently grown irritated with Guiliani, but he's one of the few allies the president has left. Giuliani telling our Jonathan Karl he is part of the president's defense team. But the white house has not confirmed who will serve as the president's counsel, even though the trial could begin in days. Giuliani, who led the president's failed charge to overturn the election, telling ABC news he is open to having the president testify. He also addressed the crowd on January 6th. Let's have trial by combat. Reporter: The prosecution says they'll be ready whenever the article of impeachment is handed over to the senate. We're preparing as though we are going to go in the next hour. Reporter: The senators who witnessed that deadly capitol hill riot will serve as jurors. This was the most serious presidential crime in the history of the United States of America, the most dangerous crime by a president ever committed against the United States. Reporter: Democrats say they plan to go after every single vote. It would take at least 17 Republicans to convict trump. Some Republicans though are concerned Giuliani's involvement could hurt the president. If it's Rudy Giuliani's defense, I think it raises the likelihood of more than 17 Republicans voting for conviction. Let's get right to Rachel Scott on that point at the white house tonight, and, Rachel, Rudy Giuliani also leaving open the possibility that the president may still try to pardon himself before he leaves office? Reporter: Yeah, that's actly right, Tom. And we know that is something the president has suggested to his closest advisers, something that they have advised against. We have not seen that before, and tonight our latest ABC news/"washington post" poll says 68% of Americans are opposed to the president granting himself that pardon, Tom. Rachel Scott for us at the white house tonight. Rachel, thank you for that.

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