Trump suggests Nancy Pelosi is guilty of treason amid impeachment inquiry

nancy pelosi donald trumpHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump have given wildly different characterizations of a memo documenting Trump's call with the Ukrainian PresidentGetty Images

  • President Donald Trump on Sunday night launched an attack against Democrats who are pursuing an impeachment inquiry against him.
  • In a pair of tweets on Sunday, Trump suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, were both guilty of treason.
  • Pelosi announced last month that the House would launch a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump's activities - in particular, a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which is at the center of a whistleblower complaint filed in August.
  • Trump has denied that he said anything inappropriate during his phone call with Zelensky, and he suggested in a closed-door meeting last month that the whistleblower is "almost a spy."
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President Donald Trump on Sunday heightened his attacks on Democrats who are pursuing an impeachment inquiry against him, claiming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Adam Schiff were both guilty of treason.

Pelosi announced last month that the House would launch a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump's activities - in particular, a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that is at the center of an August whistleblower complaint.

The intelligence official who lodged the complaint detailed concerns that Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son on allegations of corruption.

The complaint was declassified last month, and the White House released a memo about the call that appeared to corroborate it.

Trump on Sunday night lashed out at Pelosi and Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who has been tasked with leading the impeachment investigation.

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"Nancy Pelosi knew of all of the many Shifty Adam Schiff lies and massive frauds perpetrated upon Congress and the American people," he wrote.

"This makes Nervous Nancy every bit as guilty as Liddle' Adam Schiff for High Crimes and Misdemeanors, and even Treason. I guess that means that they, along with all of those that evilly "Colluded" with them, must all be immediately Impeached!"

Schiff previously characterized Trump's call with Zelenksy to a "classic mafia shakedown of a foreign leader." He later defended his comments and said they were "meant to be at least, part, in parody."

Trump has denied that he said anything inappropriate during his phone call with Zelensky, and he suggested in a closed-door meeting last month that the whistleblower is "almost a spy."

Trump also accused Schiff of committing treason in a tweetstorm last week and demanded to meet with his accuser.

Schiff said last month that the whistleblower has agreed to testify before Congress, and said the testimony is expected "very soon" once security measures are in place to protect his or her identity.

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