President Donald Trump was incredulous Tuesday as he sat in Trump Tower and watched House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announce she was launching a formal impeachment inquiry against him, sources familiar with the moment say.
Sitting in the same building where he launched his long shot presidential campaign four years ago, Trump said he couldn’t believe it, he later told people. He had felt confident after phoning Pelosi earlier that morning.
The drive for impeachment in her caucus had ramped up amid reports he pushed the Ukrainian President to investigate Joe Biden, and Trump was hoping to head off a clash. He figured he could de-escalate tensions by speaking with her directly.
During a segment discussing Pelosi’s announcement on MSNBC’s The Beat, Heidi Przybyla explained to host Ari Melber that the Democratic leader briefed reporters about a phone call she received from Trump today, where the president attempted to diffuse the situation through negotiations.
“The president actually said to Nancy Pelosi, ‘Hey, can we do something about this whistleblower complaint? Can we work something out?'”
“And [Pelosi] said, ‘Yes, you can tell your people to obey the law,'” she added, “so she quickly swatted that down and made it clear that it is full steam ahead.”