Trump campaign fundraising off impeachment inquiry

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE’s reelection campaign on Tuesday began fundraising off House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi, Schumer slam Trump executive orders, call for GOP to come back to negotiating table Trump signs executive orders after coronavirus relief talks falter Sunday shows preview: White House, congressional Democrats unable to breach stalemate over coronavirus relief MORE’s (D-Calif.) announcement that the House will launch a formal impeachment inquiry into the president.

“To fight back, President Trump is launching the Official Impeachment Defense Task Force,” the campaign wrote in an email to supporters. “This task force will be made up of only President Trump’s most LOYAL supporters.”

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The email asks donors to contribute $45 or “your best amount” to join the task force, noting that all donations will be double matched.

Though Trump is embroiled in a burgeoning scandal regarding his conversations with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, his reelection campaign views impeachment as a possible political winner, hoping that Democrats’ efforts to oust the president will unify his conservative base and attract moderate voters who are turned off by the House’s efforts. 

"If [Pelosi] does that, they all say that's a positive for me in the election," Trump said Tuesday. "You could also say who needs it. It's bad for the country."

Pelosi announced the formal impeachment hearing Tuesday amid an avalanche of new calls for Trump's ouster over concerns that he leveraged military aid to Ukraine to pressure Kiev to open an investigation of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says Trump executive order is 'a reckless war on Social Security' Trump got into testy exchange with top GOP donor Adelson: report Blumenthal calls for declassification of materials detailing Russian threat to US elections MORE, his chief political rival, and Biden's son Hunter Biden.

“Our republic endures because of the wisdom of our Constitution enshrined in three coequal branches that act as checks and balances,” Pelosi said. “The president must be held accountable. No one is above the law.” 

Trump has acknowledged that he brought up Joe Biden in his call with Zelensky in July and that he cut off aid to Ukraine days before the call. However, he has maintained that there was no quid pro quo discussed during their conversation.

Republicans have long accused Joe Biden of abusing his power during his time as vice president when he pushed for the dismissal of a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating a natural gas company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch whose board members included Hunter Biden. No evidence has emerged that Joe Biden was acting to protect his son.