Donald Trump Will Get a Fair Trial in the Senate, Majority of Americans Believe: Poll

A majority of Americans think President Donald Trump will get a fair trial in the Senate after the House impeaches him, according to a poll.

Trump has called the impeachment efforts by the Democrat-controlled House a "hoax" and "presidential harassment."

Republicans have a majority in the Senate. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, is coordinating with the White House on Trump's looming trial.

Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, admitted that he is not a fair juror and has already made up his mind in favor of Trump.

But 62 percent of Americans polled by Langer Research believe Trump will have a fair trial when impeachment reaches the Senate.

Broken down, 62 percent of Democrats think the Senate trial will be fair, compared to 64 percent of independents and 61 percent of Republicans.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll surveyed a random national sample of 1,003 adults by landline and cell phone between December 10-15.

There is a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points and the sample's partisan division was 30-26-43 percent Democrats-Republicans-independents.

Newsweek asked the White House for comment by email and will update this article if one is provided.

The House will vote this week on the two articles of impeachment brought against Trump over his alleged misconduct towards Ukraine.

Trump is accused of abusing his power by attempting to solicit a foreign government's interference in the 2020 election to his personal advantage.

He is also accused of obstruction because of the White House's refusal to comply with the impeachment inquiry, including the failure to honor congressional subpoenas.

Once Trump is impeached by the House he will face a trial on the two articles in the Senate. To convict a president and remove him from office, two-thirds of the Senate must vote in favor.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll also found that 71 percent of Americans think Trump should allow his aides to testify at a Senate trial.

Moreover, 55 percent believe he was treated fairly by the House in its impeachment inquiry, though this is sharply divided along partisan lines.

Of Democrats, 87 percent thought the House treated Trump fairly, while 58 percent of independents agreed. But just 17 percent of Republicans thought Trump got fair treatment.

On Saturday, Sen. Graham told CNN that Trump's Senate trial "will die quickly, and I will do everything I can to make it die quickly."

Graham added: "I am trying to give a pretty clear signal I have made up my mind. I'm not trying to pretend to be a fair juror here."

McConnell told Fox News host Sean Hannity last week that he is coordinating with Trump's lawyers.

"There won't be any difference between us on how to do this...The case is so darn weak coming over from the House," McConnell said.

"We all know how that's gonna end. There's no chance the president's going to be removed from office."

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US Vice President Mike Pence and US President Donald Trump attend a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House December 16, 2019, in Washington, DC. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images