By Townhall. Speaking from the Oval Office Friday afternoon during a meeting with Paraguay President Abdo Benítez, President Trump reacted for the first time to Democrats on the Judiciary Committee approving two articles of impeachment against him.
“It’s a witch hunt, it’s a sham, it’s a hoax. Nothing was done wrong. Zero was done wrong. I think it’s a horrible thing to be using the tool of impeachment, which is supposed to be used in an emergency and it would seem many many years apart, to be using this for a perfect phone call where the President of that country [Ukraine] said there was no pressure, didn’t even know what we were talking about, it was perfect, the relationship was perfect, I’ve done much more for them than Obama did for them,” he said. “It’s a scam, it’s something that should not be allowed and it’s a very bad thing for our country and you are trivializing impeachment and I’ll tell you what, someday they’ll be a Democrat president and they’ll be a Republican house and I suspect they’re going to remember it.”
“When you use impeachment for absolutely nothing other than to try and get political gain, now with that being said, as you know my poll numbers have been through the roof. Fundraising for the Republican Party has gone through the roof, we’re setting records…because the people are disgusted. People are absolutely disgusted,” he continued. “I’ve watched these Democrats make fools of themselves. Absolutely fools of themselves.”
President Trump also noted that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was “duped” in an interview during POLITICO’s Women Rule Summit in Washington D.C. this week. During questioning she admitted House Democrats have been trying to impeach him for nearly three years. (Read more from “Trump Reacts to Impeachment and Issues a Warning to Democrats” HERE)
Trump Tears up the Clinton Impeachment Playbook
By Politico. After the House Judiciary Committee voted to approve articles of impeachment, the president strode to a White House microphone, declared “profound remorse” for his actions and begged forgiveness.
“What I want the American people to know, what I want the Congress to know, is that I am profoundly sorry for all I have done wrong in words and deeds,” he said.
The year was 1998. The president was Bill Clinton. A banner headline in The New York Times the next day read “Panel, on party lines, votes impeachment; Clinton voices remorse, invites censure.
Twenty one years and one day after that print edition, the same committee again voted along party lines to impeach a president. But this time, the man in the Oval Office sent a different message. (Read more from “Trump Tears up the Clinton Impeachment Playbook” HERE)
House Dems Attend Trump’s Holiday Party Amid Impeachment
By Axios. Half a dozen House Democrats attended the White House Congressional Ball last night while their colleagues on the Judiciary Committee worked late into the night on articles of impeachment, according to two sources familiar with the event. . .
Antonio Delgado (NY-19): Trump won the district in 2016. Delgado is a first-term congressman and defeated a Republican incumbent in a close contest. Delgado is also the first African-American or Hispanic representative from upstate New York. His staff did not respond to requests for comment.
Susie Lee (NV-3): Trump won the district in 2016. Lee is a first-term congresswoman who managed to keep the seat in Democrats’ hands in a close general election race. Lee’s staff previously said she’s undecided on impeachment. A spokesperson confirmed that Lee attended the ball, saying it was a way to demonstrate that “she’s committed to being a bipartisan problem solver through and through.”
Elaine Luria (VA-2): Trump won the district in 2016. Luria is Navy veteran and a first-term congresswoman who unseated a Republican incumbent in a tight race. Her staff did not respond to requests for comment.
Jim Costa (CA-16): Trump lost the district in 2016. Costa has served in Congress since 2005, in the 20th and now the 16th districts. He represents an agricultural area. Costa could not be reached for comment.
(Read more from “House Dems Attend Trump’s Holiday Party Amid Impeachment” HERE)