President Donald Trump is calling the public impeachment hearings that kicked off Wednesday the “single greatest scam in the history of American politics.”
Trump is responding to the hearings with a new video directed at his supporters and released by the White House.
Trump says in the video filmed in the White House Rose Garden that Democrats want to take away his viewers’ guns, health care, freedom and votes.
He adds that, “They’re trying to stop me because I’m fighting for you. And I’ll never let that happen.”
Trump has spent the morning responding to the hearing on Twitter. He will be holding a press conference alongside his Turkish counterpart later in the day.
Earlier, Trump lashed out at the two witnesses set to testify in the hearings.
He tweeted “NEVER TRUMPERS!” before Wednesday’s hearing opened on Capitol Hill with testimony from William Taylor, the charge d’affaires in Ukraine, and George Kent, a career diplomat. Trump sought to undermine Kent and Taylor with the tweet suggesting they are among members of the foreign policy establishment that never supported him.
Taylor and Kent worked for Republican and Democratic administrations. There’s no evidence they engaged in partisan activity opposing Trump.
The impeachment inquiry centers around a July 25 telephone call Trump had with Ukraine’s leader and Trump’s attempt to pressure the government to investigate his political rivals.
Trump maintains that the telephone conversation was “perfect” and that he did nothing wrong in his relations with Ukraine.
The Republican president also tweeted Wednesday: “READ THE TRANSCRIPT!”