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 DemingsWhite House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team Schiff huddles in Capitol with impeachment managers House Democrats may call new impeachment witnesses if Senate doesn't MORE (Fla.) said on Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpRouhani says Iran will never seek nuclear weapons Trump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions Trump says Bloomberg is 'wasting his money' on 2020 campaign 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 lawyer: Abuse of power, obstruction articles 'have not fared well' Jeffries: Calling new witnesses for Senate trial part of following the 'Clinton model' Graham: Immediate dismissal of impeachment articles 'dead for practical purposes' 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 PelosiOvernight Health Care: Justices won't fast-track ObamaCare case before election | New virus spreads from China to US | Collins challenger picks up Planned Parenthood endorsement Why Senate Republicans should eagerly call witnesses to testify Trump health chief: 'Not a need' for ObamaCare replacement plan right now 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 BidenSanders joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Trump says impeachment lawyers were 'really good' 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.