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Trump taunts House Democrats on impeachment: ‘Do it now, fast’

President Donald Trump on Thursday brazenly urged House Democrats whom he claimed are already hell-bent on impeaching him to get it over with already, so he could plead his case during a “fair” trial in the Republican-controlled Senate.

The president’s directive to lawmakers came one day after the House Judiciary Committee heard testimony from constitutional scholars on whether Trump’s conduct justified his removal from office. It also came a little more than an hour before Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House would move forward with drafting articles of impeachment.

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“The Do Nothing Democrats had a historically bad day yesterday in the House. They have no Impeachment case and are demeaning our Country. But nothing matters to them, they have gone crazy,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

“Therefore I say, if you are going to impeach me, do it now, fast, so we can have a fair … trial in the Senate, and so that our Country can get back to business,” he added.

Top White House officials and Senate Republicans agreed last month that the chamber should conduct a full trial and not dismiss out of hand impeachment articles if they are approved by the House. White House counsel Pat Cipollone met Wednesday with GOP senators to further plot strategy for the likely proceedings.

Trump has previously asserted that “frankly, I want a trial,” and demanded testimony by Democratic foils including House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, as well as former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

“We will have Schiff, the Bidens, Pelosi and many more testify, and will reveal, for the first time, how corrupt our system really is,” Trump tweeted Thursday. “I was elected to ‘Clean the Swamp,’ and that’s what I am doing!”

The president’s taunting posts contrasted markedly with the dire message Pelosi delivered to news cameras assembled outside her Capitol office later in the morning, when she revealed the next step in the Democratic-led inquiry.

“Our democracy is what is at stake. The president leaves us no choice but to act because he is trying to corrupt, once again, the election for his own benefit,” the speaker said, charging that Trump’s actions “are in defiance of the vision” of America’s Founding Fathers and his own oath of office.

“Sadly, but with confidence and humility, with allegiance to our founders, and a heart full of love for America, today I am asking our chairmen to proceed with articles of impeachment,” she said. “I commend our committee chairs and our members for their somber approach to actions which I wish the president had not made necessary.”

Trump quickly responded online to Pelosi’s remarks. In a pair of tweets, he again described his July phone call with Ukraine’s leader — during which he pressured his foreign counterpart to investigate his domestic political rivals — as “perfect,” and denigrated former special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“The Do Nothing, Radical Left Democrats have just announced that they are going to seek to Impeach me over NOTHING. They already gave up on the ridiculous Mueller ‘stuff,’ so now they hang their hats on two totally appropriate (perfect) phone calls with the Ukrainian President,” Trump wrote.

“This will mean that the beyond important and seldom used act of Impeachment will be used routinely to attack future Presidents,” he continued. “That is not what our Founders had in mind. The good thing is that the Republicans have NEVER been more united. We will win!”

Trump leveled an even more vitriolic attack against Pelosi following her weekly news conference. At that televised briefing, she responded forcefully to a reporter who asked the speaker whether she hates the president, and insisted that she prays “all the time” for Trump.

“Nancy Pelosi just had a nervous fit,” Trump tweeted of the interaction, adding: “She says she ‘prays for the President.’ I don’t believe her, not even close.”


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