Donald Trump's Ukraine Call Like 'Running A Stop Sign,' Says Fox News Guest

Tyler MacDonald

In the wake of the House Judiciary Committee approving two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump for his foreign policy relations with Ukraine, Peebles Corporation founder Don Peebles appeared on Fox News to defend the president's actions, Newsweek reports.

Trump is accused of leveraging foreign aid to pressure Ukraine into investigating Democratic rival Joe Biden, which is the basis of the impeachment article for abuse of presidential power. But according to Peebles, Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is not worthy of an impeachment probe.

"I believe what Trump is being accused of is like running a stop sign, and you don't put someone to death for running a stop sign," Peebles said.

"Maybe you give him a ticket and give him a summons to show up in court, but you don't impeach the president for this kind of nonsense."
"I think anybody who buys into this, especially in these swing districts where Trump was successful the last time around, or where he was close, I think they're going to be in a lot of trouble," he said, adding that the process will "hurt the Democratic party."

In an op-ed for Newsweek, California Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren said that the impeachment probe into Trump is more severe than those against former president's Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. She noted Trump's refusal to comply with Congress, claiming he is the first president in history to do so.

According to Lofgren, impeachment should not be about punishing the president but about protecting future Americans from constitutional violations that could cause damages that would ripple into the future -- something she suggests Trump's actions could do.