President Trump on Tuesday said efforts to impeach him for allegedly inciting last week’s Capitol riot is generating “tremendous anger.”
The impeachment push is a “continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics,” Trump told reporters on the White House South Lawn.
“I think it’s causing tremendous anger,” Trump said, in one of his first public remarks on the incident.
Trump spoke to reporters as he departed the White House to visit the Texas-Mexico border.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) plans to begin impeachment proceedings and a potential vote Wednesday. The Senate won’t hold Trump’s trial until after he leaves office on Jan. 20, but if he’s convicted in a Democrat-led body, he could be barred from holding office again.
Four Trump supporters and one police officer died during the Capitol break-in and siege, which followed a speech in which Trump urged thousands of backers to “fight like hell” to persuade legislators to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. The rampage disrupted but did not prevent certification of Biden’s win.