President Donald Trump today urged Republicans to be “tougher and fight” against opening a possible impeachment trial against him because of pressure on Ukraine, which Democrats are trying to push.
“This is a false investigation. I saw a couple of people talking about it on television today. They talked about what a false deal is, and Republicans must get tougher and fight,” Trump said during his Cabinet meeting at the White House.
He said his party has “great fighters,” but said they have to get “tougher” because “the Democrats are trying to hurt the Republican Party for the elections,” which is something they are “doing very well.
The president also criticized Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, which is one of six congressional committees conducting an investigation for a possible impeachment trial of Trump.
“There are many stories that are invented by… The crafty Schiff,’ which is a fake guy. He’s a corrupt politician and the media buy him because unfortunately, the media are also corrupt,” Trump said.
On Monday, Republicans in the House, where Democrats are in the majority, are trying to force a vote to file a motion against Schiff for “some misleading behavior” in those investigations.
On September 24, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the opening of an impeachment investigation against Trump for pressuring Ukraine to conduct investigations against former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter for alleged corruption.
Pelosi’s office today released a four-page statement gathering evidence against what Democrats describe as Trump’s abuse of power.
The note speaks of “extortion” and in that section mentions parts of the transcript of the telephone call between the president and his Ukrainian counterpart, Vladimir Zelenski, last July, “which draws a picture of Trump abusing his office by pressuring a foreign government to interfere in the 2020 elections.
The call in which Trump asked Zelenski to investigate Biden and his son prompted a complaint from an intelligence informant.
The president “has betrayed the oath of office, betrayed our national security and betrayed the integrity of our elections for his own personal political gain,” the document states.
Evidence provided by Pelosi’s office of Trump’s “pressure campaign” includes text messages from several State Department officials, including one in which acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor says it is “insane to withhold security assistance to assist in a political campaign.
Last Thursday, the White House confirmed that it withheld a package of aid to Ukraine partly because it wanted it to investigate the alleged corruption of the Democrats in the 2016 elections, but shortly thereafter backed down and denied that statement.