‘Everybody Knows I Did Nothing Wrong’: Trump Responds To Vote To Start Impeachment Process

Democrats initiated the first official step in the impeachment process on Thursday when they voted to launch an impeachment inquiry into President Trump—something the president said he will not comply with.

The Washington Examiner reports Trump attested to his own innocence, saying the phone call he had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was “a good call.”

“This is over a phone call that is a good call,” Trump told the outlet before suggesting he may go as far as read the transcript on television. “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 Washington Examiner reports Trump said he would defy Democrats, even after the vote, to show they cannot push around the office of the presidency.

“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.”

From the report:

Asked whether he would cooperate with the impeachment proceedings by honoring document requests and subpoenas, Trump responded: “You are setting a terrible precedent for other presidents,” he said.

Trump said he was pleased with the Thursday testimony of a former White House official who said he saw nothing illegal in the telephone call at the heart of the controversy. He outlined a strategy for fighting back that would rely on the White House account of his phone call with the Ukrainian president, including T-shirts with the slogan, “Read the transcript.”

People close to the president have reportedly encouraged him to set up a separate branch within the White House to interact with Congress and the impending demands of their impeachment inquiry. Trump, however, refused these requests and said he already has a good legal counsel in place to help him.

“I already have good people,” he said. “It’s a con job, a sham.”

And, from the Washington Examiner:

Comparisons with Clinton missed the point. “Clinton was different. He was guilty,” he said. “This is a simpler case than his.” Ultimately, he said he would not have done anything illegal on a call made from the White House with so many people listening in.

“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?”

And he said repeatedly that reviewing aid to a country with a reputation for corruption, such as Ukraine, was the responsible thing to do.