Trump predicts stock market would crash if he were impeached

WASHINGTON DC, USA – President Donald Trump predicted in an interview broadcast Thursday, August 23, that the stock market would crash and "everybody would be very poor" if he were to be impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives next year.

Trump was asked about the prospect during an interview on Fox & Friends by host Ainsley Earhardt, who noted that Democrats are vying to take control of the House in the November elections.

"You know, I guess it says something like 'high crimes' and all. . . . I don't know how you can impeach somebody who's done a great job," Trump said in the interview, which was recorded Wednesday, August 22.

"I'll tell you what, if I ever got impeached, I think the market would crash," he said. "I think everybody would be very poor because without this thinking, you would see numbers that you wouldn't believe."

He went on to tout the performance of the U.S. economy under his stewardship and suggest it would have fared far worse if Democrat Hillary Clinton had been elected in 2016.

Under the U.S. Constitution, presidents may be removed for "treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors."

Talk of possible impeachment of Trump has accelerated this week with the guilty plea of Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, in federal court in Manhattan, and the conviction of Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is continuing to investigate possible coordination between Trump's campaign and Russia during the 2016 election and whether Trump has tried to obstruct that probe. – © 2018. Washington Post