Top Trump campaign official: President 'thriving' as a result of impeachment inquiry

Tim Murtaugh, the communications director of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate US sending 20,000 troops to Europe for largest exercises since Cold War Barr criticizes FBI, says it's possible agents acted in 'bad faith' in Trump probe MORE's 2020 campaign, is shrugging off the impeachment inquiry against the president led by House Democrats, claiming Trump is “thriving” as a result of the ongoing probe.

“We’re going to do a lot better than just survive it,” Murtaugh said Tuesday in an appearance on Hill.TV. “The campaign and the president is going to be thriving as a result of this.” 

Murtaugh said that the Democratic-led probe into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine has fired up the president's base. He estimated that in the three days following Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate Tech legal shield included in USMCA despite late Pelosi push GOP senator warns quick vote on new NAFTA would be 'huge mistake' MORE’s (D-Calif.) formal announcement of the impeachment inquiry, the campaign raised $15 million in online donations from supporters. 

“Every time the media and the Democrats go in a frenzy like this, our campaign raises a ton of money, which means we have greater interaction with voters online, which means our data gets better,” he told Hill.TV.

Murtaugh’s comments as House Democrats set the stage for the public phase of their impeachment inquiry, with three key witnesses slated to appear in public hearings on Wednesday and Friday. 

William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, will be the most high-profile witness to publicly testify before lawmakers, but all three witnesses are expected to provide some insight into whether the president used military aid or the promise of a White House meeting as leverage to attempt to get Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open probes into Trump’s political rivals.

House Democrats have also released transcripts of three witness interviews, including Laura Cooper, a top Defense Department official who oversees Ukraine and two other former aides to Kurt VolkerKurt VolkerPush to investigate Bidens sets up potential for Senate turf war Senate confirms Brouillette to replace Perry as Energy secretary How Democrats' missing witnesses could fill in the Ukraine story MORE, the former U.S. envoy to Ukraine.

— Tess Bonn