- NEW TORK POST - Jan 12, 2021 -
STEVEN NELSON -
President Trump said Tuesday an effort to impeach him for allegedly inciting last week’s Capitol riot is causing “tremendous anger” and that he’s not to blame for the violence.
“The impeachment, it’s really a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics. It’s ridiculous. It’s absolutely ridiculous,” Trump told reporters on the White House South Lawn as he departed to tour the US-Mexico border.
“This impeachment is causing tremendous anger, and you’re doing it and it’s really a terrible thing that they’re doing. For Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Shumer to continue on this path, I think it’s causing tremendous danger to our country and it’s causing tremendous anger.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) plans to begin impeachment proceedings and potentially hold a vote Wednesday. The Senate won’t hold Trump’s trial until after he leaves office on Jan. 20, but if he’s convicted in a Democrat-led body, he could be barred from holding office again. Today, the House is debating in the Rules Committee a bill demanding Trump’s immediate removal under the 25th Amendment before a full House vote on the measure tonight.
Trump also spoke to reporters on the tarmac of Joint Base Andrews in Maryland and said he did not incite the riot.
“They’ve analyzed my speech and my words and my final paragraph, my final sentence. And everybody to the tee thought it was totally appropriate,” Trump said.
Trump, however, previously told House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) that he does bear some responsibility for the riot, a source confirmed to The Post.