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 DemingsPelosi faces tough choices on impeachment managers Impeachment inquiry enters critical new phase Lawmakers turn attention to potential witnesses at Judiciary impeachment hearings MORE (Fla.) said on Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he will 'temporarily hold off' on declaring Mexican drug cartels as terror organization House Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Artist behind gold toilet offered to Trump sells banana duct-taped to a wall for 0,000 MORE has "dangerously abused his oath of office."

Demings, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said during an interview with Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceImpeachment puts spotlight on Georgia Republican eyeing Senate Fox's Cavuto reads mean letters urging him to stay away after Trump criticism Trump gives shoutout to Doug Collins ahead of next phase of impeachment hearings 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 PelosiHouse Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Overnight Energy: Pelosi vows bold action to counter 'existential' climate threat | Trump jokes new light bulbs don't make him look as good | 'Forever chemicals' measure pulled from defense bill Overnight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson – House progressives may try to block vote on Pelosi drug bill | McConnell, Grassley at odds over Trump-backed drug pricing bill | Lawmakers close to deal on surprise medical bills 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 BidenHouse Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Democratic strategist: 'Medicare for All' exposes generational gap within party Yang expands campaign with senior hires for digital operations 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.