President Donald Trump tweeted a response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) announcement that the House would pursue articles of impeachment.
Accusing the Democrats of trying to impeach him “over NOTHING,” Trump tweeted they are attempting to “hang their hats on two totally appropriate (perfect) phone calls with the Ukrainian President” after investigator Robert Mueller found no collusion between his campaign and Russian operatives earlier this year, as the Democrats have alleged.
Amid the impeachment probe, House Democrats claim Trump abused his power by asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and son Hunter Biden, who sat on the board of a Ukrainian energy firm accused of corruption. Trump, they claimed, withheld $400 million in security assistance to Kyiv as part of a pressure campaign, which Trump and Zelensky have both denied.
Trump said that the extraordinary act of impeaching a president will be used on future presidents, as some legal scholars and Republicans have previously noted.
….This will mean that the beyond important and seldom used act of Impeachment will be used routinely to attack future Presidents. That is not what our Founders had in mind. The good thing is that the Republicans have NEVER been more united. We will win!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 5, 2019
“This will mean that the beyond important and seldom-used act of Impeachment will be used routinely to attack future Presidents. That is not what our Founders had in mind. The good thing is that the Republicans have NEVER been more united. We will win!” Trump wrote.
Last month, the president and his team said they would welcome a trial in the Senate. Trump said it would give him the chance to call up witnesses such as the Bidens, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), and the whistleblower at the center of the inquiry to testify.
Pelosi on Wednesday morning, during a brief press conference, said Trump’s dealings with Ukraine “have seriously violated the Constitution.” She added, “He is trying to corrupt, once again, the election for his own benefit. The president has engaged in abuse of power, undermining our national security and jeopardizing the integrity of our elections.”
On Wednesday, three Democratic-selected law professors and one Republican-selected law professor testified. The three Democratic professors testified to the Judiciary Committee that they believed Trump’s actions constitute an impeachable offense while the fourth called by Republicans warned against rushing the process and said there simply isn’t enough evidence to impeach—and that it sets a troubling standard for future presidents.