Trump Says He's 'Too Busy' To Watch The 'Hoax' Impeachment Hearing
President slams impeachment hearing as 'witch hunt'
The Democrats geared up for the first-day testimony as Washington braced itself for the opening exchanges.
As the evidence session began, Trump welcomed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the White House.
"It’s a witch hunt, it’s a hoax," said Trump.
"I’m too busy to watch it. I have not been briefed.”
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said the president was getting on with his job.
"He's in the Oval in meetings,” she said.
“Not watching. He's working."
Trump is continuing to work on overhauling the healthcare system, the trade deal with China, and further tax cuts as Democrats pull all their efforts into impeachment.
Trump's typically grueling schedule for Wednesday included hosting Erdogan for meetings before holding a press conference with the Turkish leader.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who is heading the hearing, said he believed Trump's possible impeachable offenses include 'bribery, high crimes, and misdemeanors.'
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Schiff claimed he could already see clear arguments that the president committed 'high crimes.'
Speaking to NPR on Tuesday, Schiff said:
"'On the basis of what the witnesses have had to say so far, there is any number of potentially impeachable offenses: including bribery, including high crimes and misdemeanors."
"The basic allegations against the president are that he sought foreign interference in a U.S. election, that he conditioned official acts on the performance of these political favors."
"Those official acts include a White House meeting that the president of Ukraine desperately sought with President Trump, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded military assistance for a country that is at war with Russia and a country that the United States has a deep national security interest in making sure it can defend itself."