Trump says Nancy Pelosi is motivated by hatred of Republicans

He says the format of the Senate trial will be up to Mitch McConnell and Democrats can forget about "fair" treatment

The rant follows revelations more articles of impeachment could be developed

President Trump Friday went on the attack following disclosures the House may consider additional articles of impeachment, accusing Speaker Nancy Pelosi of hating the Republican party and “and all the people who voted for me.”

Trump, who is spending the Christmas holidays at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, aired a laundry list of grievances stemming from the House impeachment investigation that resulted in two articles of impeachment accusing Trump of abusing the power of his office and then trying to prevent Congress from investigating his actions.

“She hates the Republican Party,” Trump said of Pelosi. “She hates all of the people who voted for me and the Republican Party. ... She’s doing a tremendous disservice to the country.”

The rant following a teleconference during which he exchanged holiday greetings with U.S. troops stationed overseas.

Trump complained Pelosi is “not doing a good job. A lot of people have said that,” and he said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can do “whatever he wants” when it comes to holding a Senate trial on the impeachment articles.

McConnell said earlier this month there’s “no chance” Trump will be convicted and removed from office, so only a perfunctory trial is necessary. Democrats, however, want to call more witnesses – key administration officials who were prevented from testifying by Trump during the initial investigation and want to subpoena new documents. Pelosi has delayed transmission of the articles of impeachment approved last week until she sees how the Senate trial will be set up.

Trump complained he was not afforded due process during the impeachment inquiry and as such Democrats don’t deserve any consideration during a Senate trial.

“Now they come to the Senate and they want everything,” Trump said, adding, “It’s up to Mitch McConnell. They want him to do wonderful things for them. They treated us very unfairly and now they want to be treated fairly in Senate.”

Earlier he tweeted the only reason the new trade deal with Canada and Mexico was approved was because Democrats “wanted to show they could approve something productive” amid the impeachment process.

The litany followed revelations by the House Budget Committee that it still wants to pursue testimony from former White House counsel Don McGahn to learn what he had told special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian election interference inquiry, with an eye toward filing more articles of impeachment. An appellate court is considering whether he should be compelled to testify.

“If McGahn’s testimony produces new evidence supporting the conclusion that President Trump committed impeachable offenses that are not covered by the articles approved by the House, the committee will proceed accordingly -- including, if necessary, by considering whether to recommend new articles of impeachment,” House counsel Douglas Letter said in a brief filed with the court.

The Justice Department argued in a separate filing the McGahn subpoena should be dismissed since impeachment articles already have been approved.