3, October 2019
US President Donald Trump has ripped Democratic lawmakers for engaging in an impeachment inquiry, which he likened to “bulls—.”
The president unleashed an avalanche of tweets Wednesday against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as well as House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).
Trump made it look like the Ukraine scandal is just about toppling him at the 2020 presidential election, misstating the 232 electoral votes his opponent, Hillary Clinton, got in 2016.
“The Do Nothing Democrats should be focused on building up our Country, not wasting everyone’s time and energy on BULLS—, which is what they have been doing ever since I got overwhelmingly elected in 2016, 223-306,” Trump tweeted. “Get a better candidate this time, you’ll need it!”
Trump has apparently pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden, his potential opponent for the 2020 presidential election, and his son, Hunter, before Kiev can receive the US military aid.
Pelosi said in a presser earlier in the day that House Democrats want to work with Trump on reducing drug prices despite the impeachment inquiry underway.
“The American people want us to do that. If the president is saying ‘if you question my actions I can’t agree on any subject,’ then the ball is in his court,” she said.
Trump, however, shattered prospects that the White House might opt to cooperate with the House over any issues.
“Nancy Pelosi just said that she is interested in lowering prescription drug prices & working on the desperately needed USMCA. She is incapable of working on either,” Trump tweeted. “It is just camouflage for trying to win an election through impeachment. The Do Nothing Democrats are stuck in mud!”
Schiff, for his part, called out Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was on a July 25 call between Trump and Zelensky, yet rejected the Democrats’ subpoena over the case.
“We are deeply concerned about Secretary Pompeo’s effort now to potentially interfere with witnesses whose testimony is needed before our committee,” he said, adding that any attempts to interfere with witness testimony “will be considered as evidence of obstruction.”
Trump also attacked Schiff and defended the former spymaster at the helm of his state department.
“Adam Schiff should only be so lucky to have the brains, honor and strength of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo,” Trump tweeted Wednesday. “For a lowlife like Schiff, who completely fabricated my words and read them to Congress as though they were said by me, to demean a First in Class at West Point, is SAD!”
The House speaker has vowed to look into Trump’s case impartially.
“We will treat the president with fairness as we go forward,” Pelosi said. “We will have investigations and questioning that are worthy of the Constitution of the United States. It is unworthy of the Constitution what the president did in that call.”