House Democrat: Trump 'dangerously abused his oath of office'

House Democrat: Trump 'dangerously abused his oath of office'
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Democratic Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsSunday shows - Second whistleblower grabs spotlight House Democrat: Trump 'dangerously abused his oath of office' Democrats are 'giddy over' impeachment inquiry, Republican says MORE (Fla.) said on Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpFlorida GOP lawmaker says he's 'thinking' about impeachment Democrats introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS MORE has "dangerously abused his oath of office."

Demings, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said during an interview with Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceBaier, Bream, Hemmer, Hume, Wallace among interim anchors to fill Shep Smith's 3 PM slot Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage White House officials stand by Syria withdrawal, sanctions delay amid bipartisan pushback MORE on "Fox News Sunday" that "it's pretty clear"  Trump "tried to coerce a foreign country."

"I do believe the president dangerously abused his oath of office and his executive powers," she said.  

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When asked why Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCummings to lie in state at the Capitol House Republicans 'demand the release of the rules' on impeachment Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union —Dem wants more changes to Pelosi drug pricing bill | Ebola outbreak wanes, but funding lags | Johnson & Johnson recalls batch of baby powder after asbestos traces found MORE (D-Calif.) has not called a House vote, Demings said the representatives are trying to "conduct a very methodical and very thorough investigation" in trying to make a "very, very important, historic" decision.

"This past 10 days has been painful for members of the House on both sides of the committee," she told Wallace. "Obviously, it's been painful for the Senate, even though too many senators are quiet on this issue."

Pelosi announced an official impeachment inquiry into the president following reports of a call in which Trump asked his Ukrainian counterpart to "look into" former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump knocks Romney as 'Democrat secret asset' in new video Giuliani asked State Dept. to grant visa for ex-Ukraine official at center of Biden allegations: report Perry won't comply with subpoena in impeachment inquiry MORE, a leading 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, and his son. Days before the call, Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine, prompting questions about whether the exchange involved a quid pro quo.

The president has since also asked China to investigate the Bidens.