President Donald Trump on Thursday reacted to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s instructions to the House Judiciary Committee to draft articles of impeachment against him, saying “do it now, fast.”
The president said he welcomed impeachment so that he could get a “fair trial” in the Senate and Congress could get back to work on important matters facing the country.
“The Do Nothing Democrats had a historically bad day yesterday in the House. They have no Impeachment case and are demeaning our Country,” he wrote in a series of posts on Twitter.
“But nothing matters to them, they have gone crazy. 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.
Trump added that the impeachment trial in the Senate would compel testimony by Pelosi, Rep. Adam B. Schiff, former Vice President Joseph R. 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. I was elected to ‘Clean the Swamp,’ and that’s what I am doing!” the president wrote.
Schiff, who led the impeachment inquiry as head of the House Intelligence Committee, has been accused by Republicans of orchestrating and coordinating the Ukraine whistleblower complaint that allegedly kicked off the proceedings.
The whistleblower, who is believed to be a CIA employee, met with Schiff’s staff prior to lodging his complaint that the president acted inappropriately in a call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The Ukrainian president has said publicly that President Trump did not threaten him or demand an investigation into the Bidens or alleged Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election on behalf of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
President Trump “has acknowledged that he wanted an investigation into alleged corruption involving Hunter Biden, who landed a high-paying job on the board of Ukraine natural gas company Burisma Holdings in 2014,” the Washington Times reported.
“At the time, his father was the point man for Obama White House policy in the country, which is notorious for corruption, especially in the energy industry,” the paper added.
Presidents are required by law to ensure that Ukraine is adequately battling inherent corruption before any U.S. aid can be supplied.