Saturday, October 5, 2019

President Trump Gives Ultimatum To Pelosi On Impeachment Vote

President Trump on Friday gave an ultimatum to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — demanding she hold a vote on impeachment and threatening to withhold White House documents and cooperation until she does.
“We’ll be issuing a letter. As everybody knows, we’ve been treated very unfairly, very different from anybody else if you go over — not only history, I mean you go over any aspect of life, you’ll see how unfairly we’ve been treated,” the president said outside the White House as he prepared to board Marine One to award Purple Hearts to wounded veterans at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
“The lawyers think they’ve never seen anything so unfair, so unjust,” he said about the impeachment effort.
The letter was expected to say officials won’t cooperate with the probe because it was initiated without a vote of the full House.
Without a vote, White House lawyers believe, Trump can ignore lawmakers’ requests, meaning the federal courts would likely have to render a decision and potentially slow the march toward impeachment.
Trump also conceded that a vote in the Democrat-led House could go against him, but said he was confident that the GOP-controlled Senate would clear him if they held a trial.
“Now, in the House, they have the majority. They all vote with AOC plus three,” he said, referring to progressive freshman Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley.
“Nancy Pelosi is petrified of them. She is afraid she is going to lose her position. Nancy Pelosi will lose her speakership right after the election when the Republicans take over the House,” he predicted.
The Senate, he added, was far friendlier territory.
“I think this. We have a great relationship in the Senate. I have a 95 percent approval rating in the Republican Party. I believe the Senate and I haven’t spoken to that many senators, but I believe the senators look at this as a hoax, a witch hunt. It’s a disgrace. Should have never happened,” the president asserted.
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