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

House Democrat: Trump 'dangerously abused his oath of office'
© Greg Nash

Democratic Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsDisney to lay off 28,000 employees Florida Democrat introduces bill to recognize Puerto Rico statehood referendum Sunday shows - Trump team defends coronavirus response MORE (Fla.) said on Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study MORE has "dangerously abused his oath of office."

Demings, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said during an interview with Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceCommission approves rules to mute mics at final Trump-Biden debate 10 steps toward better presidential debating Trump campaign demands change to final debate topics 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 PelosiGOP blocks Schumer effort to adjourn Senate until after election GOP noncommittal about vote on potential Trump-Pelosi coronavirus deal Overnight Health Care: Trump takes criticism of Fauci to a new level | GOP Health Committee chairman defends Fauci | Birx confronted Pence about Atlas 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 BidenNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter Trump narrows Biden's lead in Pennsylvania: poll Florida breaks first-day early voting record with 350K ballots cast 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.