Donald Trump Called Nancy Pelosi To Pressure Her To Stop Impeachment Last Year
A new book coming out next week covers Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, and the events surrounding it. One new detail that surfaces in the book is that in September, the president made a phone call to Nancy Pelosi to try to talk her into stopping the impeachment hearings. He pressed, saying, “You really don’t want to do this,” and insisting that he was guilty of no wrongdoing.
Trump On Trial, by Washington Post journalists Kevin Sullivan and Mary Jordan, will be available to the public in just a few days. According to PoliticusUSA, one thing the book reveals is a call to Nancy Pelosi, made from Trump’s penthouse suite atop Trump Tower in New York. Though he told the House Majority Leader he wanted to discuss gun laws, he reportedly quickly pivoted to impeachment.
Insisting that the call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was “perfect,” and involved no inappropriate pressure, Trump warned Pelosi that the Senate would never convict him, and hinted that pushing forward with the proceedings would be a bad idea.
Are you really going to impeach me? The Senate will never convict. You don’t really want to do this.
He maintained that he didn’t ask Zelensky for anything in the phone call.
In a memorandum that the White House released in lieu of a transcript of the Zelensky call, Trump is quoted as asking for a favor.
The President: I would like you to do us a favor though, because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike.
Crowdstrike was the security firm the DNC hired to investigate the server hacking in 2016, leading up to the Presidential election, and Trump goes on to suggest that Ukrain might have the server, and to say, “Whatever you can do, it’s very important that you do it, if that’s possible.”
Though ultimately, Trump was right and the Senate did not convict him, the impeachment procedure was revealing, and the phone call appears to be one more case of Trump trying to prevent it from taking place.