Trump Shreds House for Moving to Vote on Impeachment: 'Embarrassment to This Country'
President remarks on the process for the first time since the vote took place.
President Donald Trump blasted the House Judiciary Committee after they passed two articles of impeachment against him for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on Friday morning.
The vote was only the fourth of its kind taken by the committee.
Trump remarked on the process for the first time since the vote took place.
The president reiterated a lot of previous arguments, referring to the investigation as "a hoax" and "a witch hunt," while describing his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a "perfect phone call."
Trump also took aim at alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella and questioned where he went and why he didn't testify in the House Intelligence Committee hearings.
Ciaramella, 33, a career CIA analyst, was Ukraine director on the National Security Council during the end of the Obama administration and remained there during the initial months of the Trump administration when he was temporarily acting senior director for European and Russian affairs.
"We’re dealing with a lot of corrupt people. There was nothing done wrong. To use the power of impeachment on this nonsense is an embarrassment to this country," Trump added.
The White House released a statement calling the House Judiciary Committee's vote a "desperate charade" in a statement released before the president's comments.
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The Democrats argue that Trump is undermining national security and the integrity of the 2020 election.
“The president abused his power and is a continuing threat not only to democracy but to our national security,” Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat from Texas, said.
Earlier this week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi struggled to answer questions on why "bribery" was missing from the articles of impeachment.
When Pelosi was asked why they decided not to make bribery one of the articles of impeachment, she replied:
"I myself am not a lawyer; sometimes, I act like one. But not as often as I act as a doctor, I've practiced medicine of the side," Pelosi said, stumbling off track.
"This was a decision recommended by us working together with our committee chair, our attorneys, and the rest."