The Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee voted on Friday the 13th, to adopt their two articles of impeachment, alleging abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, with a straight party-line vote of 23-17. A final roll call in the full House is expected next week.
President Trump reacted just hours after the Judiciary Committee completed its impeachment markup, calling it a “witch hunt, sham, and a hoax”.
“It’s a witch hunt, it’s a sham, it’s a hoax,” the President expressed. “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 in an emergency. And it would seem many, many, many years apart to be using this for a perfect phone call with a president of that country [who] said, ‘There was no pressure whatsoever’– didn’t even know what we were talking about. I’ve done much more for [Ukraine] 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 continued. “And you’re trivializing impeachment. And I tell you what, someday there will be a Democrat president and there will be a Republican House, and I suspect they’re gonna remember it, because when you use impeachment for absolutely nothing, other than to try and get political gain.” [Emphasis added].
“Now with that being said, my polls numbers as you know, have gone through the roof. Fundraising for the Republican party has gone through the roof– we’re setting records. Nobody’s ever seen anything like it because the people are disgusted. The people are absolutely disgusted,” President Trump reiterated.
He went on to say that he watched some of the impeachment debate that took place on Thursday and explained what he had observed: “I watched some of these Democrats on the committee make fools out of themselves– absolute fools out of themselves,” he said. (Continued Below)
“And I also saw them quoting all the time incorrectly. They kept saying ‘me’. It wasn’t about ‘me’, it was about ‘us’. The word was ‘us’. So they kept saying ‘me’. Can you do ‘us’ a favor– our country. Then, [the transcript] talked about seeing the Attorney General of the United States. For these people to say ‘me’, … you said, ‘do me a favor’. No, I didn’t say that. I said ‘do us a favor’, our country– talking about the past election, talking about corruption,” the President said.
“Nobody likes to talk about and I talk about all the time, … why isn’t Germany, … France, why aren’t other European countries paying? Because we’re paying– the suckers. You know for years, we’ve been the suckers. But we’re not the suckers anymore. Big difference,” the President explained.
“But why isn’t Germany paying money? he asked. “They have a much bigger benefit than we do because Ukraine is really a stoppage between Russia and parts of Europe, a major part of Europe. Why aren’t European countries paying? Why isn’t France paying a lot of money? Why is it always the United States? We’re 7,000 miles away. Why is it always the suckers that pay? So, we’ve changed that, but nobody brings that up.” (Continued Below)
“I think that the whole impeachment thing– hoax, I guess you could call it, [be]cause it is a hoax, and Nancy Pelosi knows it. By the way, they duped her yesterday. She was on an interview, and she said, ‘We’ve been working on this for two and a half years.’ So she in other words– before we ever spoke to Ukraine. She said, ‘We’ve been working on impeachment for two and half years’. And the reporter was shocked when they got this answer because it showed she’s a liar,” Trump pointed out.
“It’s a very sad thing for our country, but it seems very good for me politically. And again, those people, because I watched some of the dishonest fake media– they’re saying, ‘Well, the polls have remained the same’. No, the polls have not remained the same. The polls have gone through the roof for Trump, especially with independent voters and especially in swing states,” the President said.
“So the impeachment is a hoax, it’s a sham. It started a long time ago, probably before I even came down the escalator with the future First Lady– it started a long time ago,” he added.
“And when you look at the IG report, and you look at these horrible FBI people talking about, ‘We gotta get him out’, insurance policies– you know the insurance policy was just in case she loses, meaning crooked Hillary, who’s crooked as a three dollar bill. Just in case crooked Hillary loses, we’ve got an insurance policy. But we’ve been going through the insurance policy now for three years. And it’s a disgrace,” the President expressed. (Video Below)
The President also noted that once he released the transcript of the July 25 phone call, the so-called whistleblower disappeared.
“So now, there’s no informer, no second whistleblower, everybody’s gone. … We’re dealing with a lot of corrupt people. There was nothing done wrong. To use the power of impeachment on this nonsense is an embarrassment to this country. … It’s an embarrassment to our country,” the Commander in Chief stated. [Emphasis added].
President Trump’s full remarks: