Trump claims markets will crash if he is impeached

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House sued over lack of sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings Wife blames Trump, lack of masks for husband's coronavirus death in obit: 'May Karma find you all' Trump authorizes reduced funding for National Guard coronavirus response through 2020 MORE claimed early Thursday morning that stock markets would crash if he were impeached.

"If they actually did this the markets would crash," the president tweeted, just hours before the acting director of national intelligence's public testimony before Congress.

"Do you think it was luck that got us to the best Stock Market and Economy in our history," he added. "It wasn’t!"

House Democrats formally launched an impeachment inquiry Tuesday evening following reports that Trump asked Ukraine's president to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump campaign emails supporters encouraging mask-wearing: 'We have nothing to lose' Cuba spells trouble for Bass's VP hopes Democrats want Biden to debate Trump despite risks MORE and his son Hunter Biden.

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The White House released a partial transcript of the call on Wednesday, confirming the request from Trump and revealing that Trump encouraged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to work with his personal attorney and the attorney general to investigate the unsubstantiated allegations.

Amid reports that impeachment was on the horizon, the Dow Jones dropped 0.5 percent, the S&P 500 slipped 0.8 percent and the Nasdaq composite dropped 1.46 percent on Tuesday.

While Tuesday marked the worst day for the S&P 500 and Nasdaq in a month, markets rebounded Wednesday and almost reached Monday's levels.

During the last two impeachment inquiries, for former Presidents Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson Clinton2020 Democratic Party platform endorses Trump's NASA moon program Davis: My recommendation for vice president on Biden ticket Pelosi: Trump trying 'to suppress the vote' with attacks on mail-in ballots MORE and Richard Nixon, stocks fell. But economists have argued the dips were largely driven by outside factors including runaway inflation and the Asian currency crisis.

The U.S. economy has recently been affected significantly by the trade conflict between the U.S. and China.