President Trump’s reelection campaign is already cashing in on the prospect of his impeachment.
Even before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump, his supporters received a breathless email asking them to support an “Official Impeachment Defense Task Force.”
“These Impeachment claims have nothing to do with the President – the Democrats thrive on silencing and intimidating his supporters, like YOU, Friend,” an email from the campaign sent Tuesday afternoon read, according to multiple reports. “They want to take YOUR VOTE away.”
The email said the task force “will be made up of only President Trump’s most LOYAL supporters, the ones committed to fighting for him, re-electing him, and taking back the House.”
Pelosi launched a formal inquiry after growing calls for Trump’s impeachment amid new allegations that the president used military aid to extort the Ukrainian president into digging up dirt on political rival Joe Biden. Six House committees will continue their investigations into Trump and his aides under “that umbrella of impeachment inquiry.”
Shortly after, Trump posted a video on Twitter blasting Democrats for fixating on impeachment. “While Democrats ‘sole focus’ is fighting Trump,” the video concluded. “President Trump is fighting for you.”
A text was also sent to supporters “signed” by Trump shortly after calling the inquiry a “WITCH HUNT.” “I need you on my Impeachment Defense Team,” the message said, according to the Washington Post.
The appeals asked for donations to be given to Trump’s reelection campaign, the Republican National Committee and other funds.
The impeachment inquiry was prompted by a whistleblower complaint filed in August that the new acting director of national intelligence deemed credible and “urgent.” The complaint centered around a call between trump and the new president of Ukraine in July, but included concerns about a series of Trump actions, according to published reports.
Trump repeatedly asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in the July 25 call to probe Biden and the former vice president’s son Hunter over his position at the country’s largest private gas company.The president has repeatedly defended his actions, but admitted on Tuesday that he blocked about $400 million in security aid to Ukraine before the call.