December 3, 2019 / 9:59 AM / 11 days ago

Trump says impeachment inquiry is a 'hoax' being used for political gain

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump heads to the Marine One helicopter to depart the White House on his way to address the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, U.S., February 23, 2018. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday an impeachment inquiry against him was a “hoax” being used by the Democrats for political gain ahead of next year’s presidential election.

Democrats have been looking into Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden, the former U.S. vice president who is seeking the Democratic nomination to face Trump in the 2020 election, and his son Hunter Biden, who was a board member of a Ukrainian energy company.

Asked about the inquiry during a visit to London for a NATO Summit, Trump said: “The impeachment thing is a hoax, it has turned out to be a hoax. It is done for purely political gain, they are going to see whether or not they can do something in 2020 because otherwise they are going to lose.”

Reporting by Steve Holland, Writing by Kylie MacLellan, editing by William James

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