Prior to taking office, President Donald Trump was seen as a litigious person and he suggested on Saturday that, amid the Democratic Party’s rogue and unpopular impeachment inquiry, he may return to those roots.
Speaking at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., the president said he may sue House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chair of the House Intelligence Committee — Schiff is leading the charge in trying to unseat the duly elected president.
Trump spoke on the impeachment effort, which he called a “fraud,” and recalled how Schiff ad-libbed his remarks in the call to the Ukrainian president, saying that Schiff “has to pay a big price” for “lying and cheating.”
“We’re going to take a look at it. We’re going after these people. These are bad, bad people,” Trump told attendees.
“I actually told my lawyer, I said sue [Schiff] anyway,” he added.” He’s got immunity, but they can’t mean immunity for that. I said sue him anyway — even if we lose, the American public will understand.”
He continued: “And sue Nancy Pelosi, or maybe we should just impeach them, because they’re lying and what they’re doing is a terrible thing for our country.”
The remark prompted the anti-Trump media to point out that according to the U.S. Constitution, members of Congress cannot be impeached.
The Constitution does say though each chamber of Congress can “with the concurrence of two-thirds, expel a member.”
Not that many in the media bother to delve that far into understanding the president’s meaning.
Trump went on to explain that many Americans are forming their opinion of him over Schiff’s fabricated exchange, thinking that was what was actually said on the call.
Earlier in his speech, he spoke of a “hateful spirit that consumes the modern left [and] violates every tenet of the American tradition.”
“The radical left tolerates no dissent, it permits no opposition,” Trump said. “It accepts no compromise. They are crazy — shouldn’t say it because we’re all the same — but they are crazy. As we’ve seen over the last three years, the extreme left has absolutely no respect for the will of the American people.”
As for impeachment, the president said it is a “witch hunt.”
“I never thought I’d see or hear that word with respect to me,” Trump said. “An ugly word, it means so much, it means horrible, horrible crimes and things, I can’t even believe it. It’s a witch hunt.”
Trump told the room not to buy into the perception that Pelosi was reluctant early on to come after him, insisting that she intended to do it all along and was just waiting to get closer to the election.
“I said, ‘She’s gonna do it, she just wants to have it carried out closer to election,” he said. “She’s gonna do it — not a good person. I think she hates our country because if she didn’t hate our country she wouldn’t be doing this to our country.”
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