President Trump’s re-election campaign responded to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s assertion that House Democrats are moving forward on an inquiry to impeach him, saying it will lead the way to a “landslide victory.”
Brad Parscale, the Trump 2020 campaign manager, said that since Democrats can’t beat Trump on his policies, they have to use different tactics.
“They’re trying to turn a Joe Biden scandal into a Trump problem. The misguided Democrat impeachment strategy is meant to appease their rabid, extreme, leftist base, but will only serve to embolden and energize President Trump’s supporters,” he said in a statement.
And on Twitter, he said Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) announcement will pave the way for a “landslide victory” in 2020 for Trump.
Democrats have officially paved the way for a @realDonaldTrump landslide victory. The witch-hunt continues…
Our campaign statement: pic.twitter.com/h3Y9sVCx04
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) September 24, 2019
On Thursday, the speaker alleged Trump “seriously violated the Constitution,” saying that the House is “moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry.”
Her announcement comes after claims published in the Wall Street Journal last week said Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a July phone call to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
On Tuesday, Trump said he would release the transcript of his call with his Ukranian counterpart. He has denied any wrongdoing.
“I am currently at the United Nations representing our Country, but have authorized the release tomorrow of the complete, fully declassified and unredacted transcript of my phone conversation with President Zelensky of Ukraine,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
The call with Zelensky, he added, was “very friendly and totally appropriate.”
There was “no pressure and, unlike Joe Biden and his son, NO quid pro quo! This is nothing more than a continuation of the Greatest and most Destructive Witch Hunt of all time!” the president wrote.
House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Tuesday said the person who filed a complaint against Trump over the July 25 phone call with Zelensky wants to meet with Congress.
On Twitter, the congressman announced that he was “informed by the whistleblower’s counsel that their client would like to speak to our committee and has requested guidance from the Acting DNI as to how to do so.”
“We‘re in touch with counsel and look forward to the whistleblower’s testimony as soon as this week,” Schiff said.
What Is Impeachment?
The founders of the United States included impeachment as part of of the U.S. Constitution, saying the House has “the sole power of impeachment” while the Senate has the “sole power to try all impeachments.” The chief justice of the Supreme Court, meanwhile, will preside over impeachment trials in the Senate, according to the U.S. Senate’s website.
A sitting president can be removed for “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors,” according to the site.
Former President Bill Clinton was the last president to be impeached, which happened in December 1998, on charges of lying under oath and obstruction of justice. He was later acquitted.
Before that, former President Andrew Johnson was impeached on charges of violating the Tenure of Office Act, but was later acquitted, according to the House website.