President Donald Trump called Friday’s House committee vote to impeach him “an embarrassment to our country” and “absolute fools” of Democrats.
On the same day, Dec. 13, the Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee passed two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump in a party-line vote, setting the stage for a vote at the full House next week. All 17 Republicans at the committee voted against the articles—for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, while all 23 Democrats vote the charges.
With a vote by the full House expected next week, President Trump said in the Oval Office that the Democrats had “made absolute fools of themselves” by moving ahead with impeachment.
“You’re trivializing impeachment when you use it for absolutely nothing other than trying for political gain,” Trump said. “It’s a sad thing for the country but a good thing for me politically.”
“To be using this for a perfect phone call, where the President of that country said there was no pressure whatsoever—didn’t even know what we were talking about. It was perfect; the relationship is perfect. I’ve done much more for them than Obama did for them. It’s a scam. It’s something that shouldn’t be allowed. And it’s a very bad thing for our country,” he added.
“My poll numbers have gone through the roof. Fundraising for the Republican Party has gone through the roof. We’re setting records. We’ve never—nobody has ever seen anything like it because the people are disgusted. The people are absolutely disgusted. Nobody has ever seen anything like this,” Trump continued.
Poll numbers have gone through the roof in favor of No Impeachment, especially with Swing States and Independents in Swing States. People have figured out that the Democrats have no case, it is a total Hoax. Even Pelosi admitted yesterday that she began this scam 2 1/2 years ago!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2019
The president also has urged his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to inform the Justice Department and Republican senators about what he discovered in Ukraine. Giuliani tweeted, “The American people have already made up their mind on this #ImpeachmentScam. This is a SMOKESCREEN for the Obama-Biden administration’s corruption. It will soon be proven.”
The American people have already made up their mind on this #ImpeachmentScam
This is a SMOKESCREEN for the Obama-Biden administration’s corruption. It will soon be proven.
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) December 13, 2019
Giuliani suggested that Ukraine may have attempted to interfere in the 2016 election. The former mayor also wanted to look into what Biden’s son Hunter did in Ukraine.
Giuliani returned Saturday from a trip that took him to Ukraine, Hungary, and Austria, where he was looking for documents and witnesses to support claims about Hunter Biden and Ukraine’s role in the 2016 election.
“He says he has a lot of good information,” President Trump said Saturday. “I hear he has found plenty.”
At the same time, President Trump insisted impeachment may be a political win. His campaign manager, Brad Parscale, added, “The baseless, sham impeachment is just out-of-control partisan politics and the American people are rejecting it.”
In the White House on Friday, the president accused House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) of making “a totally false statement.”
“Schiff is a crooked—he’s a corrupt politician and a disgrace. And because of the fact he’s in Congress, he’s got immunity, so you can’t do anything. But he went up there—you know that—he made a totally false statement. The whistleblower wrote a totally false statement. So it’s a fraud,” Trump said.
Where is the whistleblower? pic.twitter.com/D4zlNg0yy9
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 13, 2019
“There’s no informer. There’s no second whistleblower. Everybody has gone. And, by the way, a guy like Sondland—nobody ever says it—he said very strongly that I said, “I want nothing” and “no quid pro quo.” Nobody said that. That’s what he said. He said it in Congress,” he continued.
The president concluded, “To use the power of impeachment on this nonsense is an embarrassment to this country. The president just said it. It’s an embarrassment to our country.”
Includes reporting from the Associated Press and remarks from White House.