President Trump has not done anything to be ‘impeached’, says Nikki Haley
New York | Jagran News Desk: Former US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has came out in support of President Donald Trump over the impeachment row and said that he has not done anything that warrants an impeachment.
In an interview to CBS News, she said Trump has not done anything that he should be impeached.
Trump has been 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.
Haley also claimed that former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former White House chief of staff John Kelly attempted to recruit her to undermine President Trump in an effort to "save the country".
"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 said when asked whether Trump should be impeached and removed over the Ukraine scandal.
"To be clear, it was not a complete transcript. There are still things that are missing from it. And in it, he does say, 'I would like you to do us a favour, though'," she added.
The 47-year-old 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."
Haley further said it is "arrogant" of Congress to attempt to impeach Trump before an election year.
"Did the Ukrainians call for an investigation? No," Haley said. "Did the president hold up aid? He released it as he should," she said. And so, in her view, there was no "smoking gun."
Haley was the senior most Indian-American official in the Trump administration when she was appointed by the President soon after he assumed office in January 2017.
She, however, resigned in October 2018, saying that she was moving from the government to the private sector. But she had promised to back Trump in his 2020 re-election bid.
She scripted history by becoming the first-ever Indian-American to be appointed to a Cabinet-level post in any US administration.
(With PTI inputs)
Posted By: Aalok Sensharma