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 DemingsFlorida Democrat introduces bill to recognize Puerto Rico statehood referendum Sunday shows - Trump team defends coronavirus response Demings slams GOP coronavirus relief bill: Americans 'deserve more than the crumbs from the table' MORE (Fla.) said on Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpBubba Wallace to be driver of Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin NASCAR team Graham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Southwest Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid MORE has "dangerously abused his oath of office."

Demings, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said during an interview with Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceTrump campaign plays up Biden's skills ahead of Cleveland debate: 'He's actually quite good' GOP brushes back charges of hypocrisy in Supreme Court fight Battle lines drawn on precedent in Supreme Court fight 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 PelosiTrump puts Supreme Court fight at center of Ohio rally CDC causes new storm by pulling coronavirus guidance Overnight Health Care: CDC pulls revised guidance on coronavirus | Government watchdog finds supply shortages are harming US response | As virus pummels US, Europe sees its own spike 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 BidenJoe Biden looks to expand election battleground into Trump country Trump puts Supreme Court fight at center of Ohio rally Special counsel investigating DeVos for potential Hatch Act violation: report 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.