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Nikki Haley on Impeachment Efforts: Youre Going to Impeach a President for Asking for a Favor That Didnt Happen?

Nikki Haley said that she doesnt think President Donald Trump will be impeached and removed from office.

“On what? Youre going to impeach a president for asking for a favor that didnt happen and—and giving money and it wasnt withheld? I dont know what you would impeach him on. And look, Norah, impeachment is, like, the death penalty for a public official. When you look at the transcript, theres nothing in that transcript that warrants the death penalty for the president,” Haley said during an interview with CBSs Norah ODonnell.

The host interrupted Haley, saying: “To be clear, it was not a complete transcript. There are still things that are missing from it. And in it, he does say, I would like you to do us a favor, though.”

ODonnell was referring to the transcript of the July phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky being a “rough transcript,” though multiple witnesses have told congressional investigators that the transcript accurately captured the conversation.

The transcript “accurately and completely reflects the substance of the call,” Timothy Morrison, former National Security Council official, told House lawmakers on Oct. 31.

The “favor” was Trump asking Zelensky “to find out what happened with the whole situation with Ukraine” interfering in American affairs.

President Trump Meets With UN Ambassador Nikki Haley
President Trump Meets With UN Ambassador Nikki Haley
President Donald Trump and Nikki Haley in the Oval Office in Washington on Oct. 9, 2018. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images/File)

“They say CrowdStrike… I guess you have one of your wealthy people… The server, they say Ukraine has it,” Trump said. He soon added that “a lot of” the information that special counsel Robert Muellers team investigated “started with Ukraine.”

The president later asked Zelensky to “look into” allegations of corruption against former Vice President Joe Biden, who in 2016 threatened Ukraines president at the time with the withholding of $1 billion in aid unless Viktor Shokin, a prosecutor probing Bidens sons employer Burisma, was ousted.

Haley responded to ODonnell, saying: “The Ukrainians never did the investigation. And the president released the fuRead More – Source

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