President Donald Trump on Tuesday, Dec. 10, denounced the House Democrats’s impeachment charges against him as a “Witch Hunt” after they introduced two articles of impeachment that accuse the president of “abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.”
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) made the announcement “charging the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, with committing high crimes and misdemeanors” on Tuesday morning.
“WITCH HUNT!” President Trump tweeted in a response.
Before the articles of impeachment were announced, the president lashed out at the Democrats, tweeting, “To Impeach a President who has proven through results, including producing perhaps the strongest economy in our country’s history, to have one of the most successful presidencies ever, and most importantly, who has done NOTHING wrong, is sheer Political Madness!”
To Impeach a President who has proven through results, including producing perhaps the strongest economy in our country’s history, to have one of the most successful presidencies ever, and most importantly, who has done NOTHING wrong, is sheer Political Madness! #2020Election
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2019
The president also took the chance to blast House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the two Democratic chairmen leading the impeachment inquiry.
“Nadler just said that I ‘pressured Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 Election.’ Ridiculous, and he knows that is not true. Both the President & Foreign Minister of Ukraine said, many times, that there ‘WAS NO PRESSURE.’ Nadler and the Dems know this, but refuse to acknowledge!,” President Trump tweeted about Nadler.
“Shifty Schiff, a totally corrupt politician, made up a horrible and fraudulent statement, read it to Congress, and said those words came from me. He got caught, was very embarrassed, yet nothing happened to him for committing this fraud. He’ll eventually have to answer for this!” the president wrote about Schiff.
The articles of impeachment, or impeachment resolutions, set the stage for a vote on the charges in the Democrat-led House, which could take place next week, and also set the stage for a Senate trial.
Following the resolutions, the White House deputy spokesman Hogan Gidley said that President Trump is hoping the Senate impeachment trial begins “sooner rather than later,” according to The Hill.
“The president wants it sooner rather than later. I think that’s pretty obvious as well. But in what form that takes, time will tell,” Gidley told reporters.
President Trump has suggested he does not mind an impeachment trial as long as it provides him due process rights that the Democrats have denied in their impeachment push.
“The president always has encouraged or wants the administration to testify because the president’s done nothing wrong,” Gidley said. “The process has to be fair… and it doesn’t look like the Democrats are too keen on fairness.”