According to President Donald Trump, Republicans in Congress could have easily impeached or even “killed” former President Barack Obama if they’d wanted to.
During an extensive interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity that aired Monday evening, Trump railed against Democrats for daring to move forward with an impeachment inquiry related to the Ukraine scandal. And then he invoked his predecessor:
“They could’ve impeached Obama for the IRS scandal. They could impeach him for the guns for whatever where guns went all over the place and people got killed, Fast and Furious. They could’ve killed him ― they could’ve impeached him for many different things.”
Trump’s assertion that Obama committed impeachable offenses is laughably ridiculous, but it shows just how obsessed he is with his predecessor.
Later in the interview, Trump again attacked Democrats for the impeachment inquiry, proving that the issue is foremost in his mind, HuffPost notes:
Trump said that while Republicans hadn’t impeached Obama during his time in office, Democrats — who Trump described as “not good politicians” with “lousy policy” — had discussed impeaching him “on Russia, on Mueller, all this stuff.”
“And then they come up with this crazy concept of a perfect conversation,” Trump continued, referring to his controversial July phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that prompted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to initiate an impeachment inquiry.
Additionally, the president revived one of his all-time favorite conspiracy theories: That Hillary Clinton had colluded with Ukraine in the 2016 election before he pivoted to placing blame for his troubles on the “fake news media.” He also indicted that he may be preparing to ban some reporters from the White House:
“We don’t even want [The New York Times] in the White House anymore. We’re going to probably terminate that and the Washington Post. They’re fake.”
As usual, Trump is trying to blame others for his own failures as president. Nothing is ever his fault. It’s always some “other” that’s the cause of what’s happening to him. But the only name that will appear on the articles of impeachment when they’re handed down by the House Judiciary Committee is Donald John Trump.
Here’s the interview:
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