Donald Trump is committing the same offenses he might be impeached for on live national television. The president said that Ukraine officials “should investigate the Bidens” and “China likewise should start an investigation” to reporters this morning.
REPORTER: What exactly did you hope the Ukrainian president would do about the Bidens?— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 3, 2019
TRUMP: "I would think that if they were honest about it, they'd start a major investigation ... they should investigate the Bidens ... China likewise should start an investigation." pic.twitter.com/gLVBjmSs3q
Just to make absolutely sure that he was committing impeachable offenses, Trump then issued a vague threat to China if they decide not to “investigate” the Bidens, saying “I’m sure President XI does not like being under that kind of scrutiny … they call that a payoff.” Does he want to be impeached?
Wow. Here’s Trump making a veiled threat that China should start investigating the Bidens because “I’m sure President XI does not like being under that kind of scrutiny … they call that a payoff.” pic.twitter.com/WhJN4gn1yW
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 3, 2019
Basically, “dig up dirt on my political opponent or we’ll scrutinize you and you won’t like it.”
He then, unprompted, brought up the upcoming trade negotiations with China that will take place next week and involve billions of dollars in tariffs. “I have a lot of options on China,” he said, “but if they don’t do what we want, we have tremendous power.”
That sound you hear right now is the distance crackle of Hillary Clinton laughing into the void for all eternity.
Someone should inform the president that impeachable offenses committed on national television still count. https://t.co/ABObD2Ie4S— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 3, 2019
The issue that Trump has repeatedly pressured foreign governments to investigate involves an already thoroughly-debunked conspiracy theory on Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, a leader in the impeachment inquiry and frequent Trump target, said of the President’s morning statement that it “reinforces the urgency of our work.”
The President cannot use the power of his office to pressure foreign leaders to investigate his political opponents.— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) October 3, 2019
His rant this morning reinforces the urgency of our work.
America is a Republic, if we can keep it. https://t.co/9KDCx1hVjs
He also said to reporters that Trump’s statements are “repugnant” and “a fundamental breach of the president’s oath of office,” according to Politico, and believes they are the result of Trump believing that “he can do anything with impunity” after the Mueller investigation.
Trump believes if you walk into the bank in broad daylight and publicly announce you’re robbing the bank, then it’s legal. https://t.co/8QVXC97z4M— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) October 3, 2019
Dude is on his fourth INT of the game and you can feel the fifth one on the way https://t.co/2lWLDemNYj— BUM CHILLUPS (@edsbs) October 3, 2019
House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who launched the impeachment inquiry after years of pressure from more progressive Democrats, also had something to say.
Once again, @realDonaldTrump has called on a foreign country to interfere in our elections – just the latest example of him putting his personal political gain ahead of defending the integrity of our elections. #TruthExposed— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) October 3, 2019
The only question left is whether Republicans will grow backbones by the time the impeachment is sent to the Senate.