Trump impeachment: Rattled President lashes out at Democrats over inquiry
US President Donald Trump has lashed out at congressional Democrats after they vowed to summons the White House to produce documents this week.
An increasingly agitated Trump accused his opponents of “wasting everyone’s time and energy.”
Committees are demanding documents relating to the administration’s dealings with Ukraine, which is now at the heart of an impeachment inquiry.
The president accused Democratic leaders of dishonesty and even treason.
Democrats have defended the inquiry – which focuses on a phone call between Mr Trump and the Ukrainian president.
What did President Trump say?
During a joint news conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, Mr Trump called Mr Biden and his son, Hunter, “stone-cold corrupt”.
Mr Trump directed much of his anger towards House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, calling him “shifty Schiff, “a lowlife” and saying he “should resign from office in disgrace”.
He added: “Frankly, they should look at him for treason.”
Mr Trump also stated that he believed Mr Schiff had “helped write” a complaint about the call filed by a whistleblower, without offering evidence.
The US president told reporters that only “legitimate” whistleblowers should be protected.
“This country has to find out who this person was, because that person’s a spy, in my opinion,” Mr Trump said.
He labelled the entire inquiry a “hoax” and a “fraudulent crime on the American people” while maintaining he would “always co-operate” with Congress.
The US president also sparred at the White House with a Reuters correspondent, who asked him what he considered treasonous.
As the Finnish leader looked on, Mr Trump said “there are those who think I’m a very stable genius” and said he “probably will be bringing a lot of litigation” against those who participated in the Russia investigation.
When the reporter pressed Mr Trump, the US president cut him off, saying: “Don’t be rude.”
Earlier, Mr Trump raged at the most powerful elected Democrat, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Mr Schiff on Twitter, accusing Democrats of focusing on “BULLSHIT”.
Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump
*The Do Nothing Democrats should be focused on building up our Country, not wasting everyone’s time and energy on BULLSHIT, which is what they have been doing ever since I got overwhelmingly elected in 2016, 223-306. Get a better candidate this time, you’ll need it!*
Democrats Threaten White House With Subpoena
House Democrats said they’ll subpoena the administration by Friday if it doesn’t comply with their requests.
“We’re not fooling around here.” So said House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff yesterday, warning that attempts to block congressional access to documents on President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine would amount to obstruction of justice.
Mr Trump said Mrs Pelosi should focus on her own city, San Francisco, which he described as a “tent city” of homeless people.