Trump accuses Democrats of a 'con job' as impeachment managers are announced

President TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE on Wednesday accused House Democrats of a “con job” shortly after Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse rejects GOP effort to seat McCarthy's picks for Jan. 6 panel GOP brawls over Trump on eve of first Jan. 6 hearing Five things to watch as Jan. 6 panel begins its work MORE (D-Calif.) announced the lawmakers who would be managing the case to impeach him in the Senate. 

“Here we go again, another Con Job by the Do Nothing Democrats. All of this work was supposed to be done by the House, not the Senate!” Trump tweeted, seemingly referring to Democrats' push for the upper chamber to call witnesses in the impeachment trial.

Trump’s tweet suggested he was watching Pelosi’s press conference announcing the impeachment managers on Wednesday morning. The president is scheduled to participate in the signing of the “phase one” trade agreement between the United States and China later in the morning.


The House is expected to vote Wednesday on submitting the impeachment articles to the Senate after Pelosi delayed submitting the articles – which accuse Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress – for several weeks in order to gain leverage for Democrats in the trial.

Pelosi has raised concerns about the fairness of the process in the GOP-controlled Senate after Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios House rejects GOP effort to seat McCarthy's picks for Jan. 6 panel Senators scramble to save infrastructure deal MORE (R-Ky.) said he was in “total coordination” with the White House counsel on how to handle the trial. 

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck Schumer84 mayors call for immigration to be included in reconciliation Senate infrastructure talks on shaky grounds Could Andrew Cuomo — despite scandals — be re-elected because of Trump? MORE (D-N.Y.) and other Democrats have pressed for witnesses like former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Will Pence primary Trump — and win? Bolton: Trump lacked enough 'advance thinking' for a coup MORE to be called to testify. McConnell has argued against their demands, and only a small number of Republican senators have signaled they are open to calling witnesses. 

In a statement following Pelosi’s announcement, White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamJill Biden appears on Vogue cover Kayleigh McEnany joins Fox News as co-host of 'Outnumbered' Melania Trump says she was 'disappointed and disheartened' watching Capitol riots MORE accused the Speaker of lying when she described the impeachment process as urgent and claimed she has been “focused on politics instead of the American people.”

"She failed and the naming of these managers does not change a single thing. President Trump has done nothing wrong. He looks forward to having the due process rights in the Senate that Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats denied to him, and expects to be fully exonerated,” Grisham said.


Pelosi announced Wednesday that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffFive things to watch as Jan. 6 panel begins its work Schiff: Jan. 6 committee mulling subpoenas, testimony from riot participants House erupts in anger over Jan. 6 and Trump's role MORE (D-Calif.) will serve as the lead manager, joined by Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerBritney Spears's new attorney files motion to remove her dad as conservator Here's what Congress is reading at the beach this summer Activists see momentum as three new states legalize marijuana MORE (D-N.Y.), House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesDemocrat unveils bill to allow only House members to serve as Speaker Progressive fighting turns personal on internal call over antitrust bills Democratic tensions simmer in House between left, center MORE (D-N.Y.), Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsThe Hill's Morning Report - Surging COVID-19 infections loom over US, Olympics Six takeaways: What the FEC reports tell us about the midterm elections Cuba, Haiti pose major challenges for Florida Democrats MORE (D-Fla.), Rep. Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenHouse erupts in anger over Jan. 6 and Trump's role Progressive fighting turns personal on internal call over antitrust bills Tech executives increased political donations amid lobbying push MORE (D-Calif.), Rep. Jason CrowJason CrowOvernight Defense: Senate panel adds B to Biden's defense budget | House passes bill to streamline visa process for Afghans who helped US | Pentagon confirms 7 Colombians arrested in Haiti leader's killing had US training House passes bill to streamline visa process for Afghans who helped US Equilibrium/ Sustainability — Presented by NextEra Energy — West Coast wildfires drive East Coast air quality alerts MORE (D-Colo.) and Rep. Sylvia GarciaSylvia GarciaDemocrats introduce equal pay legislation for US national team athletes Manchin meets with Texas lawmakers on voting rights Biden pledges support for Texas amid recovery from winter storm MORE (D-Texas). 

Pelosi and Schiff have been frequent targets of criticism from the president throughout the House impeachment proceedings, which began in late September and culminated in the vote to impeach the president last month.

The House voted nearly along party lines in December to impeach Trump for abusing his office in his dealings with Ukraine and obstructing the congressional inquiry into those dealings by refusing to turn over documents and blocking witnesses from testifying pursuant to subpoenas. 

Trump has maintained he did nothing wrong and that he did not pressure Ukraine’s leader, lambasting the impeachment inquiry as a "witch hunt." The White House has accused Democrats of a partisan and unfair effort to overturn the 2016 presidential election results.

At the center of Democrats’ case is a July 25 call with Ukraine’s president during which Trump asked him to look into a debunked theory about 2016 election interference as well as former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race GOP lawmakers request Cuba meeting with Biden For families, sending money home to Cuba shouldn't be a political football MORE — a leading Democratic presidential contender — and his son Hunter’s dealings in Ukraine. 

Democrats argued Wednesday that there was overwhelming evidence that Trump abused his power by seeking foreign interference in the 2020 presidential election. Democrats also continued to push for the Senate to compel testimony from witnesses who did not testify in the House's impeachment inquiry.

The House heard from a handful of witnesses who described an unusual foreign policymaking channel run by the president’s personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiBob Dole: 'I'm a Trumper' but 'I'm sort of Trumped out' Ex-Trump adviser Barrack charged with secretly lobbying for UAE Aides who clashed with Giuliani intentionally gave him wrong time for Trump debate prep: book MORE. The witnesses described an effort within the administration to use a White House meeting and security assistance to Ukraine to press for investigations sought by Giuliani, which included probes into 2016 election interference and Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company whose board employed Hunter Biden.

But a number of key witnesses, like Bolton and White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyHeadhunters having hard time finding jobs for former Trump officials: report Trump holdovers are denying Social Security benefits to the hardest working Americans Mulvaney calls Trump's comments on Capitol riot 'manifestly false' MORE, did not agree to testify before the House, robbing the lower chamber of testimony that could have shed more light on the administration’s contacts with Ukraine. Democrats chose to vote to advance the articles instead of going to court to try to enforce the subpoenas for testimony and documents.