Jun 10, 2019 - Politics & Policy

Trump on Nixon comparison: "He left. I don't leave."

On the same day that President Richard Nixon's former White House counsel John Dean testified about similarities between Watergate and findings in the Mueller report, Trump told reporters he is different from Nixon because he doesn't leave — presumably in reference to Nixon's resignation.

"You can't impeach somebody when there's never been anything done wrong...When you look at past impeachments, whether it was President Clinton, or I guess President Nixon never got there. He left. I don’t leave. Big difference. I don’t leave. We did nothing wrong except create the greatest economy in the history of our country. We did nothing wrong except rebuild our military like nobody’s ever seen before."

Why it matters: Trump is facing calls for impeachment from — as of Axios' most recent count — 60 members of the House. The House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee are holding public hearings on the Mueller report in order to "educate the public" on what they believe could be impeachable offenses on the part of the president.

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