NEW YORK – President Donald Trump dismissed House Democrats' decision to launch an impeachment inquiry on Tuesday as "witch hunt garbage."
The president, who is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, returned to the Trump Tower in Manhattan for what White House officials described as "executive time," presumably to watch House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's address.
"Such an important day at the United Nations, so much work and so much success, and the Democrats purposely had to ruin and demean it with more breaking news Witch Hunt garbage," Trump tweeted minutes after Pelosi spoke. "So bad for our Country!"
The president followed up with a tweet naming the chairs of several of the committees that have been investigating him for years, and then another two-word missive in all caps: "PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!"
Pelosi's move followed days of controversy about whether Trump sought to pressure Ukraine to dig political dirt on a top political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.
The scandal erupted over an Aug. 12 complaint from an unnamed official in the intelligence community who had called attention to Trump's contacts with Ukraine. On July 25, had a phone call with Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky to urge him to fight corruption. He has acknowledged bringing up Biden in the conversation.
Trump and his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani have been pushing Ukraine to investigate Burisma Group, a Ukrainian energy company where the vice president's son Hunter served on the board of directors.
During the time period when Trump and Zelensky spoke, the Trump administration was holding up millions of dollars in military aid approved by Congress.