"I Think I Will Win The Election Easier If Democrats Start Impeachment Proceedings," Says US President Donald Trump On His 2020 Winning Chances

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US President Donald Trump said in an interview broadcasted on Sunday said he is confident of retaining the White House in 2020  if Democratic lawmakers start impeachment proceedings against him.

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US President Donald Trump said in an interview broadcasted on Sunday said he is confident of retaining the White House in 2020  if Democratic lawmakers start impeachment proceedings against him.

Asked on NBC's "Meet the Press" whether he thought impeachment was beneficial for him, Trump replied:

"I think I will win the election easier," repeating his longstanding allegation that the FBI's Russian interference investigation into his 2016 campaign was 'Witch hunt'. Trump alleged that he was spied on illegaly inspite of no wrongdoing. 

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"So impeachment's a very unfair thing because nothing that I did was wrong. And if you look at the Mueller report, there was no collusion. This was all about collusion," said Trump.

The Democrats are split over whether Trump should be impeached after the Mueller Report into Russian interference in the 2016 election indicated numerous contacts between his campaign and Russians, as well as giving evidence that the President tried on several occasions to stall the investigation.

While many of the candidates for the Democratic nomination have rooted for impeachment, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has argued that it would be a risky move without an "ironclad" case and bipartisan support.

Trump told "Meet the Press" Pelosi was staving off growing impeachment calls from within the Democratic caucus because she agreed with his assessment that it would harm the 2020 prospects.

"I think she feels that I will win much easier," Trump said adding "I mean, I've been told that by many people."

Former special counsel Robert Mueller spent nearly two years investigating link of Russian interference in US elections and possible involvement by Trump and his partners.

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Mueller concluded that there was a lack of evidence to call the Trump campaign's Russian contacts as a criminal conspiracy adding Trump's campaign welcomed and was expected to benefit electorally from the information stolen and released with Russian efforts. 

If the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives were to vote on formal impeachment charges, the Republican-held Senate would decide whether to convict, which requires an unlikely two-thirds majority.

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