President Trump said Thursday that if House Democrats are going to impeach him they should do it “now” and “fast” so he can have a “fair” trial in the Republican-controlled Senate.
In a series of tweets, Trump also said he wanted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and the Bidens to testify at a Senate trial.
“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 tweeted.
“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. 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.
Pelosi said later Thursday that she was instructing House chairmen to proceed with articles of impeachment against Trump, describing the facts as “uncontested” that the “president abused his power.”
“His wrongdoing strikes at the very heart of our Constitution,” Pelosi said. “The president leaves us know choice but to act.”
The House Judiciary Committee held a hearingWednesday to consider possible articles of impeachment during which a panel of constitutional legal scholars debated whether Trump’s actions constituted grounds for impeaching him.