Trump Argues on Twitter, Amid Russia Revelations, That Impeaching him Would Imperil the Economy

President Donald Trump pushed an argument on Saturday that the economy would fail if he were to be impeached. On Twitter he wrote, with his trademark self-triumphalism, that the economy was the best it has been in 50 years under his leadership, and according to the president, it would quickly decline if he were to be removed from office.

"The Economy is one of the best in our history, with unemployment at a 50 year low, and the Stock Market ready to again break a record (set by us many times) - & all you heard yesterday, based on a phony story, was Impeachment," he wrote, adding, "You want to see a Stock Market Crash, Impeach Trump!"

The Economy is one of the best in our history, with unemployment at a 50 year low, and the Stock Market ready to again break a record (set by us many times) - & all you heard yesterday, based on a phony story, was Impeachment. You want to see a Stock Market Crash, Impeach Trump!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 19, 2019

Trump's claims come amid allegations he instructed his former attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, and a drumbeat of serious legal problems related to his conduct in politics, business and life.

BuzzFeed News released a report citing two members of law enforcement who said there was evidence Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about a real estate project being developed in Russia. Last year Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress regarding meetings with Russian officials about the Trump Tower project in Moscow—which was never built—and BuzzFeed's report implied Trump may have been more involved in the matter and potentially committed a crime by ordering Cohen to make false statements to a congressional council about the matter.

The report sparked instant outrage from members of Congress, who suggested impeaching the president.

Special counsel Robert Muller, who is leading the investigation on Trump's potential collusion with Russian officials during the 2016 election, refuted elements of BuzzFeed's report on Friday. Mueller released a statement saying, "BuzzFeed's description of specific statements to the special counsel's office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen's congressional testimony are not accurate."

Trump continued to react to BuzzFeed's report on Saturday.

"Many people are saying that the Mainstream Media will have a very hard time restoring credibility because of the way they have treated me over the past 3 years (including the election lead-up), as highlighted by the disgraceful Buzzfeed story & the even more disgraceful coverage!" he wrote on Twitter.

Many people are saying that the Mainstream Media will have a very hard time restoring credibility because of the way they have treated me over the past 3 years (including the election lead-up), as highlighted by the disgraceful Buzzfeed story & the even more disgraceful coverage!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 19, 2019