To President Donald Trump, the word impeachment is “dirty, filthy, disgusting.”
Prominent Democrats have used the special counsel’s public comments on Wednesday, which formally concluded his Russia probe, as means to press forward with impeachment.
Among those include several 2020 Democratic candidates, as IJR Blue reported. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) claimed Mueller “made his views clear” in his remarks that “Congress has a legal and moral obligation to begin impeachment proceedings immediately.”
Mueller announced during his first public speech since the investigation that “if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime we would have said so.”
“We did not however make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime,” he added, citing that indictment against Trump was “not an option” due to Department of Justice policy that doesn’t allow a sitting president to be indicted.
Mueller’s comments only ramped up the calls for impeachment by Democrats, which has the president making a scorching response.
“I don’t see how they can because they’re possibly allowed — although I can’t imagine the courts allowing it,” Trump said, adding that impeachment is a “dirty, filthy, disgusting word.”
“It had nothing to do with me so I don’t think so because there was no crime,” he continued. “[…] There was no high crime and there was no misdemeanor? So how do you impeach based on that? And it came out that there was nothing to do with Russia.”
The president continued to torch the Russia probe as a “scam” and nothing but “giant presidential harassment.”
“And honestly, I hope it goes down as one of my greatest achievements because I have exposed corruption like nobody knew existed,” Trump said.
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President Trump calls impeachment a “dirty, filthy, disgusting word” and says it has “nothing to do with” him pic.twitter.com/T8vpW6K5zY
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) May 30, 2019
Aside from Democrats, a sole Republican congress member, Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), strayed from his GOP colleagues as he took up a position against the president, calling for Trump’s impeachment in response to Mueller. This drew a response from the White House press secretary that Amash isn’t “worth the time of the White House,” as IJR Red reported.
“Frankly, this isn’t what the American people elected them to do, so I think there should be a heavy price for Democrats who go down this path,” Scalise said.