Trump gave an interview to Reuters today and apparently they wanted to talk about impeachment.
Trump told Reuters that he’s not worried about impeachment because he hasn’t done anything wrong. He said if he were impeached, people would revolt:
President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he was not concerned that he could be impeached and that hush payments made ahead of the 2016 election by his former personal attorney Michael Cohen to two women did not violate campaign finance laws.
“It’s hard to impeach somebody who hasn’t done anything wrong and who’s created the greatest economy in the history of our country,” Trump told Reuters in an Oval Office interview.
“I’m not concerned, no. I think that the people would revolt if that happened,” he said.
I think he’s right. If he were to be impeached on these grounds, some would definitely revolt. Others might not revolt, but they’d be pissed.
But honestly, I don’t know why the media obsesses about impeachment because even Reuters notes that it’s not going to happen:
Democrats said such a campaign law violation would be an impeachable offense, although senior party leaders in Congress have questioned whether it is a serious enough crime to warrant politically charged impeachment proceedings.
Impeachment requires a simple majority to pass the House of Representatives, where Democrats will take control in January. But removal of the president from office further requires a two-thirds majority in the Senate, where Trump’s fellow Republicans hold sway.
Even senior party leaders aren’t sure about it, which should tell you something since they hate Trump. But even more than that, Republicans control the Senate so there’s no way they would let an injustice like this happen. And yes, it would be an injustice.
They did ask Trump about the payments and whether they violated campaign finance law:
“Michael Cohen is a lawyer. I assume he would know what he’s doing,” Trump said when asked if he had discussed campaign finance laws with Cohen.
“Number one, it wasn’t a campaign contribution. If it were, it’s only civil, and even if it’s only civil, there was no violation based on what we did. OK?”
He was also asked about working with Democrats now that they control the House:
The president said he could work with Democrats in Congress, but suggested that would not happen if they issued subpoenas and pursued investigations against him.
“We’re going to go down one of two tracks. We’re either going to start the campaign and they’re going to do presidential harassment. Or we’re going to get tremendous amounts of legislation passed working together. There’s not a third track,” he said.
“Look, they’ve been looking for two years about collusion. There’s no collusion,” he said.
So I guess he’ll be starting his campaign then, because there’s no way they aren’t going to harass him.
Also, gridlock isn’t so bad. It’s not like we haven’t seen it before…