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Pence chief of staff says Trump was impeached 'because he's winning in so many ways'

Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePence undergoes surgery to receive pacemaker Pelosi says she would have put up a fight against Capitol mob: 'I'm a street fighter' Trump alumni launch America First Policy Institute MORE’s chief of staff, Marc Short, said President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Illinois House passes bill that would mandate Asian-American history lessons in schools Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he MORE was impeached “because he’s winning in so many ways.”

Short told NBC News’s “Meet the Press” that the White House believes Trump was impeached because of a Democratic fear that the president could be reelected.

“I think that right now the West Wing and the White House is understanding that the reason that the president it being impeached is because he’s winning in so many ways,” Short said.

"He won on taxes, the economy is booming, there’s record low unemployment, the military is getting refunded, we’re striking new trade deals," he added.

 

Short also predicted that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcCarthy and Biden haven't spoken since election Democrats roll out legislation to expand Supreme Court Wall Street spent .9B on campaigns, lobbying in 2020 election: study MORE (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerSchumer lays groundwork for future filibuster reform Holder, Yates lead letter backing Biden pick for Civil Rights Division at DOJ Capitol Police officer killed in car attack lies in honor in Capitol Rotunda MORE (D-N.Y.) would end up coming to an agreement on a Senate impeachment trial. 

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But he criticized Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse Republican proposes constitutional amendment to prevent Supreme Court expansion Business groups oppose Paycheck Fairness Act, citing concerns it could threaten bonuses and negotiating New US sanctions further chill Biden-Putin relations MORE (D-Calif.) for holding back the articles of impeachment from the Senate as she awaits for the rules to be finalized in the upper chamber. 

“How can you possibly justify the contrast to say this is urgent to then say ‘well, we’ll have to wait and see?’” Short said.

Schumer has pushed for McConnell to allow witnesses in the Senate trial, particularly those who were banned from testifying previously by the White House. McConnell and other Republicans have condemned this request, saying the House should have called all necessary witnesses before voting to impeach the president.

Short told host Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddFauci fatigue sets in as top doc sows doubt in vaccine effectiveness Blinken warns it would be a 'serious mistake' for Taiwan's status to be changed 'by force' Blinken: China 'didn't do what it needed to do' in early stages of pandemic MORE on Sunday that he thinks Trump “is open to witnesses” in the Senate trial, but the American public does not want an extended proceeding. 

The House passed two articles of impeachment last week, pushing the matter to the Senate for trial. With a Republican-majority Senate, it is unlikely the upper chamber will vote to remove Trump from office.