Saturday, June 22, 2019

Trump: 'I think I win the election easier' if Democrats launch impeachment proceedings






By Brett Samuels  
06/21/19 
06:37 PM EDT

President Trump said Friday he believes he will have an easier path to re-election if House Democrats go forward with impeachment proceedings.

Trump was asked during an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" if he thinks impeachment is "good politics" for him.

"I think I win the election easier," Trump said, referring to 2020. "But, you know, I'm not sure that I like having it."

The president added that he believes Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has held off on calls for impeachment from within her caucus because "she feels that I will win much easier."

Trump asserted that he "did nothing wrong" and that he was the victim of illegal activity. He reiterated his longstanding allegation that his campaign was "spied on," which is the subject of an ongoing investigation by Attorney General William Barr.

Calls for impeachment have intensified after special counsel Robert Mueller's report and subsequent public statement in which he said he did not establish a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, and neither exonerated nor implicated the president on obstruction of justice.

On the latter charge, Mueller said it was up to Congress to look further into the matter.

As of Friday, there are 73 Democrats and one Republican who support launching an impeachment inquiry. The group is made up of lawmakers in swing districts, safe Democratic seats, first-term representatives and long-serving members of the caucus.

Pelosi and other Democratic leaders have largely avoided calling for impeachment hearings, arguing that the House should conduct its oversight investigations and see where the facts lead. Pelosi has also said there should be bipartisan support for impeachment.

Support for impeachment among voters has grown in recent months, but is still less than enthusiastic according to some polls.

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday found that 27 percent of Americans believe there is enough evidence to begin impeachment hearings for Trump now, up 10 percentage points from last month.

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