'Fox & Friends' Host Suggests Trump Has Been Waiting for Impeachment Inquiry: 'No President in American History Has Been Better Prepared'

Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy suggested that President Donald Trump has been waiting for Democrats to launch impeachment proceedings given how long some lawmakers have been calling for the commander-in-chief to be removed from office.

After long resisting calls from a growing number of House Democrats to begin the process to impeach the president, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ceded on Tuesday. The speaker's decision followed a surge in demands to begin impeachment proceedings, following developments in a whistleblower case that was first reported last week.

The Washington Post first reported that a member of the intelligence community had filed a whistleblower complaint regarding a "promise" that Trump had made to a foreign leader. Subsequent reporting found that the complaint involved Ukraine. Trump held a phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky two and a half weeks before the complaint was filed.

During the call, Trump allegedly asked Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden's son, who previously served on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company. Trump has said, without evidence, that Joe Biden used his influence as vice president to benefit his son.

Attention has now turned to whether Trump sought to establish a quid pro quo arrangement with the Ukrainian president. Trump reportedly ordered Mick Mulvaney, who was serving as Trump's acting chief of staff, to withhold $400 million in military aid to Ukraine prior to the call with Zelensky. Trump has repeatedly denied that he acted in an inappropriate manner.

"No president in American history has been better prepared for an impeachment inquiry than Donald Trump. I mean, they were talking impeachment before he was inaugurated, remember?" Doocy said.

Co-host Ainsley Earhardt noted that, in one of the many tweets recently posted by Trump claiming "presidential harassment" and that the investigation into a whistleblower complaint was a "witch hunt," the president said that Ukraine had given Secretary of State Mike Pompeo permission to release the transcript of the call under scrutiny.

"Ukraine gave him permission to release the transcript, which he says will be released at some point today. Many Republicans like Lindsey Graham are saying they haven't even read the transcript. Why would they even push impeachment right now when they haven't read what that conversation was? He says they're doing this because you can't beat the president at the ballot box," Earhardt said hours before the transcript was released.

Although the public had not yet seen or heard the transcript of the call while Fox & Friends aired, Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said that he had. The former New York mayor said during a Wednesday appearance on the show that he knew of the contents of the call. When asked to clarify by co-host Brian Kilmeade, Giuliani said that the transcript was read to him.

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President Donald Trump addresses the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters on September 24. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched a formal impeachment inquiry on Tuesday. Drew Angerer/Getty Images