Nikki Haley admitted that she wasn’t “comfortable” with President Trump asking Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden but said the House does not have any basis for impeaching him because there was no quid pro quo.
“On what? You’re going to impeach a president for asking for a favor that didn’t happen and — and giving money, and it wasn’t withheld?” the South Carolina Republican said in an excerpt of an interview set to air on CBS News Friday evening.
In excerpt of a @CBSSunday interview to air tonight on @CBSEveningNews, former UN Amb @NikkiHaley ridicules notion of impeaching Pres Trump. “On what? You’re going to impeach a president for asking for a favor that didn’t happen and – and giving money and it wasn’t withheld?” pic.twitter.com/N3CW2lrEBt
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 8, 2019
Haley added, “And look, Norah, impeachment is, like, the death penalty for a public official. When you look at the transcript, there’s nothing in that transcript that warrants the death penalty for the president.”
In a preview clip for the interview, the former ambassador to the United Nations also said, “I don’t feel comfortable” with Trump asking the president of Ukraine for a “favor” during their infamous July 25 phone call. However, she still dismissed the impeachment proceedings, saying, “I also don’t feel comfortable with the fact that we’re having an impeachment process during an election year.”
As the impeachment process heats up, @CBSEveningNews‘ @NorahODonnell spoke with President Trump’s former @UN ambassador @NikkiHaley. She asked Haley about the president’s controversial July 25th phone call with Ukraine’s president.
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) November 8, 2019
House Democrats are impeaching Trump on the accusation that he threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine if they did not investigate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. The impeachment process started after a whistleblower, allegedly Eric Ciaramella filed a report based on the call between Trump and Ukraine’s president.
Nikki Haley is releasing her new book With All Due Respect: Defending America with Grit and Grace next week. The former governor of South Carolina touts her relationship with Trump in the book, saying he gave her the power to “chart her own course” in the administration.
Haley sent in her resignation from her position a year ago, saying she has “long believed that rotation in office benefits the public.” It was reported two months ago that she moved back to South Carolina, creating speculation she could be returning to politics.
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