President Donald Trump sought on Monday to draw a distinction between himself and former President Richard Nixon, who resigned in 1974 before lawmakers could remove him from office, as he faces growing calls for impeachment from Democrats and at least one Republican congressman.
“He left,” Trump told reporters at the White House about the possibility of impeachment. “I don’t leave. Big difference. I don’t leave. We did nothing wrong except create the greatest economy in the history of our country. We did nothing wrong except rebuild our military like nobody’s ever seen before.”
Trump made the comment on the same day that John Dean, the former Nixon White House counsel, appeared before the House Judiciary Committee for a hearing on special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
Dean told lawmakers that he saw “remarkable parallels” between Nixon’s corrupt actions and Trump’s.
“We have no collusion, no obstruction, no anything,” Trump said. “When you look at past impeachments, whether it was President Clinton or — I guess President Nixon never got there. He left. I don’t leave. A big difference. I don’t leave.”
Donald Trump, whose actions during the Russia probe have prompted comparisons to the Watergate scandal, drew a distinction between himself and Richard Nixon: “He left. I don’t leave. A big difference”https://t.co/xSRHObJ8J2 pic.twitter.com/X5JhZ8fxCM
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