By Robert Schroeder, MarketWatch
President Donald Trump urged Democrats to hurry up with impeachment, saying he wanted a fair Senate trial and to move the country “back to business.”
‘DO IT NOW, FAST’
While maintaining Democrats have no case against him over his dealings with Ukraine, Trump said on Twitter: “if you are going to impeach me, do it now, fast, so we can have a fair trial in the Senate, and so that our Country can get back to business.”
Trump’s comments came shortly before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she was asking House chairmen to proceed with drafting articles of impeachment against him.
Trump also said he wanted Joe Biden and his son Hunter to testify at a Senate trial, something the former vice president has said he won’t do . He also said he wanted Pelosi to testify.
Trump’s and Pelosi’s statements came a day after the judiciary panel held its first hearing on impeachment. Three legal experts told the committee that Trump’s attempts to have Ukraine investigate Democratic rivals are grounds for impeachment. A fourth, Republican-called witness said impeaching Trump would be a mistake, saying Democrats are moving too fast.
In separate tweets following Pelosi’s announcement, Trump again defended himself, saying his phone calls with Ukraine’s president were “totally appropriate (perfect).”
U.S. stocks, /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA +1.34% , which have largely ignored Democrats’ impeachment inquiry against Trump, were little changed as investors remained optimistic about prospects for a U.S.-China trade deal.
Trump said the U.S. is having “very good discussions with China.” As he met with representatives of the United Nations Security Council, he told reporters “we’ll have to see” about imposing new tariffs on Dec. 15.