The former United States ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley has come out in strong support of US President Donald Trump amidst calls for his impeachment.
In an interview to CBS News, the 47-year-old , when asked whether Trump should be impeached and removed over the Ukraine scandal, Heley replied, “No. On what? You’re gonna impeach a president for asking for a favour that didn’t happen and giving money and it wasn’t withheld? I don’t know what you would impeach him on.
She also said that “impeachment is, like, the death penalty for a public official. When you look at the transcript, there’s nothing in that transcript that warrants the death penalty for the president.”
President Trump, a Republican, is accused of trying to pressure Ukraine into investigating unsubstantiated corruption claims against his Democratic Party political rival and former vice president Joe Biden, and his son who worked with an Ukrainian gas company.
On Wednesday, the House Intelligence Committee is scheduled to open hearings in the impeachment investigation.
It will mark the second phase of the impeachment investigation into allegations that Trump abused his powers by seeking help for his 2020 re-election bid from Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.