President Donald Trump on Tuesday denigrated House Democrats’ increasing calls for impeachment as a “witch hunt.”
House Democrats have been investigating Trump for months in hopes of building a case that he has committed some type of impeachable offense. [RELATED: Trump Approval Rating Jumps to 53%, Amid Dem Push for Impeachment]
Over the past few days, Democrats have focused upon a July phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
According to media accounts, Trump pressured Zelensky to investigate Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden.
….know the correct facts. Is he on our Country’s side. Where does he come from. Is this all about Schiff & the Democrats again after years of being wrong?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2019
Previous media accounts have said Biden pressured Ukraine to dismiss a prosecutor who was investigating an energy company that paid Hunter Biden.
The calls for impeachment increased this week after an account in The Washington Post linked the call to a July decision to temporarily withhold about $400 million in aid to Ukraine. The money was paid earlier this month.
Ukrainian officials have said Trump did nothing wrong, but in the political climate of Washington, the call has reverberated through political circles. As it is, 155 House Democrats want some kind of impeachment action taken, NBC News reported
Trump dismissed the impeachment talk Tuesday. [RELATED: Watch: Beto Says He’s Going To Confiscate Guns, Then Says Talk Of Confiscation Is ‘Fearmongering’]
“I think it’s ridiculous. It’s a witch hunt. I’m leading in the polls. They have no idea how they stop me, the only way they can try is through impeachment,” Trump said as he arrived at the United Nations on Tuesday, The Hill reported.
“It’s nonsense, and when you see the call, when you see the readout of the call, which I assume you’ll see at some point, you’ll understand. That call was perfect,” Trump said.
Trump said he cannot be accused of withholding money because Ukraine got its aid. [RELATED: Ilhan Omar Blasts Joe Biden: ‘He Is Not Progressive Enough’]
“Those funds were paid. They were fully paid but my complaint has always been – and I’ll withhold again and I’ll continue to withhold until such time as Europe and other nations contribute to Ukraine. Because they’re not doing it,” Trump said.