President Trump is insisting he will not go along with the Democratic Party’s farce of impeachment, time and again insisting his phone conversation with President Zelenskiy of Ukraine was a “good call,” in fact “perfect,” he said.
That is why he has decided he would like the American people to hear it for themselves, the president told the Washington Examiner in an interview on Oct. 31, as he sat behind the Resolute Desk.
“This is over a phone call that is a good call,” he said. “At some point, I’m going to sit down, perhaps as a fireside chat on live television, and I will read the transcript of the call because people have to hear it. When you read it, it’s a straight call.”
The president emphasized that he would never consider saying anything “illegal or bad.”
“I got stenographers and all these other people on the line,” he said. “I am going to make a statement that is illegal or bad? Who would do a thing like that?”
His talk came just hours after House Democrats voted to endorse the impeachment inquiry. Despite the vote 232-196, where no Republicans voted in favor, the president stands resolute to not cooperate with their impeachment proceedings. The president stated by honoring subpoenas and producing documents, “You are setting a terrible precedent for other presidents,” he said.
In an open 80-minute conversation in the Oval Office with Washington Examiner reporters and editors, the president insisted the charges paled into insignificance compared with those against three other presidents with impeachment brought against them.
“Everybody knows I did nothing wrong,” he said. “Bill Clinton did things wrong; Richard Nixon did things wrong. I won’t go back to [Andrew] Johnson because that was a little before my time,” he said.
“But they did things wrong. I did nothing wrong.”
The president was pleased with the Oct.31 testimony of a former White House official who said he saw nothing illegal in the July 25 phone conversation with the Ukrainian president, that the impeachment inquiry is focused on.
“I listened to the call as it occurred from the Situation Room,” NSC senior director for European affairs Tim Morrison, who stepped down a day before his testimony, said in a prepared statement. “I want to be clear; I was not concerned that anything illegal was discussed.”
The president ruffled through his papers on the desktop, and held up a copy of Morrison’s statement, commenting it was “fantastic.” The president added: “This was going to be their star witness.”
When giving aid to foreign countries, especially ones like Ukraine that have corruption issues, reviewing aid is the responsible action to take. “We are giving them money, we are giving them weapons,” he said. “We have an obligation to look at corruption,” reports the Examiner.
To sum up the disgraceful impeachment inquiry by the Democrats, President Trump said: “It’s a con job, a sham.”
“It’s energized my base like I’ve never seen before,” said President Trump, adding it will only help him win re-election in 2020. “My base is much bigger than people think,” the president said. “But I think I go way beyond my base.”