KEY POINTS

  • Ivanka Trump said the impeachment drama has left her father feeling more "energized"
  • She claims support for impeachment has decreased over time
  • She says this is the first purely partisan impeachment in U.S. history

Senior advisor to the president Ivanka Trump discounted any political blowback the ongoing impeachment process is having on her father, Donald Trump, claiming support for impeachment among Americans has "decreased over time." And, instead of impeachment demoralizing her father, Ivanka says it has also left him feeling more "energized" and "angry" at the same time.

"Angry at the waste of time," she said during an interview on the CBS Evening News. "Angry at the collateral damage. Angry, but it's still energizing. And it focuses you on really and draws into relief the stark contrast in priorities."

Her father will face a trial in the Republican-controlled Senate early next year. This trial is still widely expected to take place in January when Congress returns from the holiday recess. It might not occur as early as originally expected since House majority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) didn't transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate before the recess.

It's unclear when Pelosi will do so, however. Media reports are saying a number of Democrats want Pelosi to hang on to the articles as leverage to win concessions from the Senate and majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) before the trial begins.

Ivanka faced CBS on Thursday, a day after her father became only the third U.S. president to suffer the ignominy of impeachment. The previous president impeached was Bill Clinton, who achieved this dishonor on Dec. 19, 1998. Despite this historical stain on her father, Ivanka believes the impeachment process begun and presided over by Democrats "is really just raw partisan politics."

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"It is pretty unprecedented that support for impeachment has decreased over time as more information was presented to the American people," she noted. "It's decreased, not increased. So with all of this time spent, with all of these witnesses who didn't have firsthand knowledge, with all of these people that have been paraded in front of the American people, support for this action has decreased. So, you know, I think he sees it for what it is, which is really just raw partisan politics."

She claims her father remains "energized" by his impeachment by the House on December 18.

"As are 63 million-plus voters who elected him to office. This is historic, as you note. And in many ways, including the fact that it is the first purely partisan impeachment. In fact, the only thing bipartisan was the vote against proceeding forward.”

In 2016, Trump won 63 million popular votes (46.1 percent of votes cast) against Hillary Clinton's 65.9 million votes (48.2 percent of votes cast). Trump carried 30 states and their Electoral College votes while Clinton won 20 states and Washington D.C.