“You know, I guess it says something like ‘high crimes’ and all. . . . I don’t know how you can impeach somebody who’s done a great job,” Trump said in the interview, which was recorded Wednesday.
“I’ll tell you what, if I ever got impeached, I think the market would crash,” he said. “I think everybody would be very poor because without this thinking, you would see numbers that you wouldn’t believe.”
He went on to tout the performance of the U.S. economy under his stewardship and suggest it would have fared far worse if Democrat Hillary Clinton had been elected in 2016.
Under the U.S. Constitution, presidents may be removed for “treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”
Talk of possible impeachment of Trump has accelerated this week with the guilty plea of Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, in federal court in Manhattan, and the conviction of Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, in federal court in Alexandria, Va.
Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is continuing to investigate possible coordination between Trump’s campaign and Russia during the 2016 election and whether Trump has tried to obstruct that probe.