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Trump Lashes Out at Democrats: Impeachment Push Is ‘Single Greatest Scam in American Politics’

President shared some of his strongest feelings on Saturday — and he's not letting up

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President Donald Trump — holding nothing back on Saturday — lashed out on social media against House Democrats’ impeachment efforts against him — and called their actions the “single greatest scam in the history of American politics.”

“How do you impeach a president who has created the greatest economy in the history of our country, entirely rebuilt our military into the most powerful it has ever been, cut record taxes & regulations, fixed the VA & gotten choice for our vets (after 45 years), & so much more?” he asked on Twitter.

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Trump also went after the complaint by an intelligence community “whistleblower” — someone who did not hear the president’s phone call with the Ukraine leader firsthand or even second-hand, perhaps, but received information about it through hearsay.

This individual, apparently a CIA employee, alleged that Trump “us[ed] the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.”

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But the president never mentioned the 2020 election in his phone call with Ukraine’s president. And many Democrats have appeared to put words in the president’s mouth even after the White House released the transcript of Trump’s actual nphone call.

“The whistleblower’s complaint is completely different and at odds from my actual conversation with the new president of Ukraine,” Trump said in a different tweet. “The so-called ‘whistleblower’ knew practically NOTHING in that those ridiculous charges were far more dramatic & wrong,” he also said.

The president also shared on Twitter some definite thoughts about House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.). Trump said Schiff “fraudulently and illegally inserted his made-up & twisted words into my call with the Ukrainian president to make it look like I did something very wrong. He then boldly read those words to Congress and millions of people, defaming & libeling me.”

Trump also recorded a video message for the American people and shared it on social media.

Watch it here:

In related news, the Democratic chairs of three separate House committees on Friday subpoenaed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for documents related to Ukraine that they insist pertain to the inquiry. Schiff — as well as Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said in a letter they would consider the State Department’s refusal to comply by October 4 as “evidence of obstruction,” as Fox News pointed out.

One House Republican has already come out and said he is OK with the congressional push toward an impeachment inquiry.

“I’m a big fan of oversight,” Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Nev.) admitted in a conference call with reporters late this week — “so let’s let the committees get to work and see where it goes.”

That’s according to The Hill and as noted by Fox News and other outlets.

Amodei seemingly has become the first House Republican to articulate support for the Democrat-driven impeachment inquiry against Trump while also clarifying he is not for actual impeachment.

The elected official clarified that he would not, at this point, vote for impeachment — a dramatic move that’s happened only several times in America’s history.

But Amodei said he was concerned about the July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky — during which, as part of a longer conversation, Trump and Zelensky discussed corruption and Trump asked him to look at former Vice President Joe Biden’s and his son Hunter Biden’s Ukraine activities in that regard.

The Nevada Independent released audio of the media call in which Amodei said, “Let’s put [this] through the process and see what happens.”

Outlets such as The New York Times played this up; others were quick to comment, too.

See these tweets below:

“Using government agencies to — if it’s proven — to put your finger on the scale of an election, I don’t think that’s right,” Amodei added. “If it turns out that it’s something along those lines, then there’s a problem.”

Amodei has been a lawmaker in Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District since 2011.

As The Hill noted, he is the only Republican in Nevada’s congressional delegation and “has repeatedly won re-election by double digits in his district, including in 2018 when he defeated Democrat Clint Koble by more than 16 points.”

Democrat lawmakers — during the next two weeks of congressional recess — will not be taking time off from their impeachment efforts.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), for one, has already announced a first “impeachment town hall” for constituents in his district. A former candidate for the 2020 Democratic nomination who quit that race in July, Swalwell is a member of the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees.

“The president sought to use the powers of the United States government to pressure a foreign leader to investigate his political opponent — an abuse of office and a threat to national security,” Swalwell claimed in a statement.

“I want to update my constituents on what’s happening in Congress, and answer their questions about the path forward,” he also said.

Related: Impeachment Inquiry: Which Path Will It Follow?

He’s holding an impeachment-focused town hall on October 1 at a high school in California’s 15th District. He’s also hosting a special guest at the event — none other than a major player during the Watergate scandal in the early 1970s who helped take down former President Richard M. Nixon.

“Our special guest at this town hall will be author, lecturer, and columnist John Dean,” Swalwell announced, noting that Dean “served as White House counsel for President Richard Nixon from July 1970 to April 1973.”

“Dean played a role in the cover-up of the Watergate scandal, pleaded guilty to felony obstruction of justice, and became a key witness for the Watergate special prosecutor.”

“He testified to the House Judiciary Committee this past June about parallels between the Mueller report and Watergate,” Swalwell’s statement about Dean also said.

Built into the statement but not explicitly stated is this: Nixon was about to be impeached — but resigned once he knew that would happen.

He left office in disgrace, the first president ever to do so, in August 1974. (He was ultimately pardoned by his successor, President Gerald Ford.)

“This event is free and open to all 15th Congressional District residents,” Swalwell said about his “impeachment town hall.”

“The district includes San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore, Sunol, Hayward, Union City, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Cherryland, Ashland and Fairview as well as parts of Fremont and Danville.” The event will be held in Union City, California.

Related: Here’s How Much the Anti-Trump ‘Whistleblower’ Really Knew About the Trump Phone Call

An article in The New York Times on Thursday revealed details about the whistleblower who’s at the center of so much of this. And pushback against the Gray Lady is emerging after many people insisted the publication went too far.

Calls to cancel subscriptions to The Times “reached fever pitch” on Thursday evening, noted Fox News, after outrage emerged about the paper’s decision to identify the Trump whistleblower as a CIA official.

In an article published earlier on Thursday, The Times let it be known the whistleblower is a male CIA officer — one who had been detailed to the White House. The “exclusive details” came out in a report based on corroborated accounts of three unnamed sources — not the whistleblower himself.

The Times also said lawyers for the whistleblower refused to confirm he worked for the CIA, as Fox News also reported, and said publishing information about him was “dangerous.” (Fox News pointed out it had not confirmed The Times’ report.)

The whistleblower filed a complaint that alleged the White House covered up a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky — in which, during the conversation, Trump asked the foreign leader to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden. Zelensky said he was not “pushed” in any way and described it as a normal phone conversation.

The Times’ identification of the whistleblower claims to be the most publicly known information about the individual.

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