President Donald Trump blasted House Democrats for holding a new round of impeachment hearings while he is out of the country attending a NATO meeting in London.
As he was departing the White House, Trump said the Democrats scheduled the hearings during “one of the most important journeys we make as presidents.”
“The do-nothing Democrats decided when I’m going to NATO — this was set up a year ago – that when I’m going to NATO, that was the exact time. This is one of the most important journeys that we make as president.”
Watch his comments below:
President Trump on impeachment inquiry: "It's a disgrace for our country…The whole thing is a hoax." pic.twitter.com/YCzAcBvk0u— CSPAN (@cspan) December 2, 2019
He continued to claim that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky cleared him of wrongdoing, adding that it should be “case over.”
“If you noticed there was breaking news today, the Ukrainian president came out and said very strongly that ‘President Trump did absolutely nothing wrong.’ That should be case over. But he just came out a little while ago and he said ‘President Trump did absolutely nothing wrong,’ and that should end everything. But it will never end it because they want to do what they want to do.”
In comments with several news outlets, Zelensky said that he “never talked to the president from the position of a quid pro quo,” as IJR has previously reported.
However, he did indicate that he did not like Trump’s rhetoric surrounding corruption in Ukraine, “The United States of America is a signal, for the world, for everyone. When America says, for instance, that Ukraine is a corrupt country, that is the hardest of signals.”
Trump went on to claim that impeachment will be a “tremendous boon” for Republicans in Congress and that Democrats are “getting killed in their own districts.”
“They’re getting killed in their own districts. I think it’s going to be a tremendous boon for the Republicans. Republicans have never, ever been so committed as they are right now and so united. So it’s really a great thing in some ways, but in other ways, it’s a disgrace. It’s a disgrace for our country.”
On Sunday, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee saying that the White House would not participate in the impeachment hearing this week.
When asked why Trump would not send a lawyer to the hearing to mount a defense, the president said, “Because the whole thing is a hoax – everyone knows it.”