President Donald Trump commented on looming threats to impeach him, declaring that he is not concerned as “the people would revolt if that happened.”
His remarks came in the wake of a sentencing memo filed by New York prosecutors for Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, who paid two women hush money ahead of the 2016 election.
“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,” the president told Reuters in an Oval Office interview on Tuesday.
Pres Trump on prospect of impeachment: “I’m not concerned, no. I think that the people would revolt if that happened. What I’ve done is tax cuts, Supreme Court justices, close to a hundred judges, regulation cuts, and created the greatest economy in the history of our country.”
— Steve Holland (@steveholland1) December 12, 2018
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) December 12, 2018
Cohen, who pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance regulations, is scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday. Prosecutors said his payments ahead of the election to two women, porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, at Trump’s direction to keep them quiet about alleged affairs violated laws on campaign contributions.
The president has criticized his former attorney for cooperating with prosecutors in hopes of getting a lighter sentence. Asked if he had had any discussions with Cohen about campaign finance laws during Tuesday’s interview, Trump responded that the lawyer should have been aware of any pertinent stipulations.
EXCLUSIVE – @realDonaldTrump says he relied on Michael Cohen, who should have known what to do about payments to women. “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?”
— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) December 12, 2018
“Michael Cohen is a lawyer. I assume he would know what he’s doing,” Trump said.
“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 added.
The president dismissed a question about prosecutors contending that before and during his 2016 presidential campaign, many people working for Trump had some connections to Russians.
“The stuff you’re talking about is peanut stuff,” the president told the Reuters reporters.
“I haven’t heard this, but I can only tell you this: Hillary Clinton – her husband got money, she got money, she paid money, why doesn’t somebody talk about that?” Trump asked, referring to his former 2016 opponent.
With Democrats poised to take over the House in January, talks of impeaching the president have been increasing, especially in the wake of Cohen’s plea deal and imminent sentencing. Legal experts critical of the president see the opportunity to hold him criminally liable for felonies by not disclosing information.
But Trump warned that investigations, subpoenas and threats to impeach him would seriously impede his ability to work with Congress – and with Democrats in particular – to move ahead with important legislation.
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,” Trump added.
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