Trump snaps back at claim he wanted alligators to stop immigrants

Trump snaps back at claim he wanted alligators to stop immigrants

Trump snaps back at claim he wanted alligators to stop immigrants

Ro Khanna said Wednesday he would be surprised if the impeachment inquiry didn't end with a vote on articles, opening the door for a formal vote to impeach President Donald Trump.

"This is a blatant effort to intimidate witnesses; it's an incitement of violence", Schiff said. Instead, it offered a litany of second-hand allegations, gossip, and hearsay, much of which was shown to be false when compared to the actual transcript of the July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky.

The House initiated an impeachment inquiry against Mr Trump last week after a whistleblower report raised concerns he tried to leverage almost $US400 million ($592 million) in U.S. aid in exchange for a political favour from Ukraine's leader.

"We're not fooling around here", he said.

Eric Trump, the president's son, also assailed Schiff on Monday, telling the hosts of "Fox & Friends" that the congressman "is exactly why we need term limits in this country" and adding: "He's a total disgrace".

Grassley, who chairs the Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus and has worked extensively on whistleblower protection laws during his time in Congress, also pushed back on the notion that the complaint should be discarded because it consists of secondhand information.

The new revelations that Schiff and his staff coordinated with the anti-Trump complainant and his colleagues prior to a formal whistleblower complaint also suggest Schiff was less than truthful about his interactions with the whistleblower.

Three House committees said a subpoena for documents had been sent to Mr Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani. "It is meant to address serious misconduct in order to immediately remove a president who is unfit for office", Heritage Foundation's Malcolm, a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department's criminal division, tells VOA.

Mr Trump took to Twitter to defend anew his phone call with Mr Zelenskiy as "perfect" and to unleash a series of attacks.

He also lamented USA immigration law, saying "we can have 100,000 of our soldiers standing up there - they can't do a thing".

The Democrats said that Pompeo's resistance amounted to his own intimidation.

In a report released Tuesday, the advocacy group Human Rights First said that there have been more than 340 public reports of rape, kidnapping, torture and other violent crimes against asylum seekers returned to Mexico under the new Trump policy.

Trump allies, on cable television and social media, such as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, describe the Democratic Party's push toward impeachment as a "legislative coup d'etat". "The Committee expects that they will be fully protected, despite the President's threats", the statement said. Both Pelosi and President Trump are in for the long haul and the information that the inquiry exposes might be enough for impeachment but regardless this process will test the limits of the Constitution and the balance of power in America's governmental system.

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