Impeach Donald Trump Ad Will Air On Fox News to 'Get Trump And D.C. Republicans' Attention'

A television ad by a campaign pushing to impeach President Donald Trump will air on Trump's favorite cable news channel, Fox News, in Washington, D.C., to get his and Republicans' attention.

Need to Impeach campaign spokesman Will Simons confirmed to Newsweek on Thursday that a minute-long ad would run on the conservative-leaning network's Fox & Friends show on Friday and Monday, as Politico initially reported.

"Placing the ad on Fox & Friends in D.C. is definitely designed to get Trump and D.C. Republicans' attention," Simons said in an email.

The ad, named "Committing Crimes," features billionaire Democratic donor and Need to Impeach founder Tom Steyer pointing out Trump's alleged criminal behavior and calling on Democrats and Republicans alike to remove him from office.

"Right now, Donald Trump is committing crimes in the open," Steyer says in the ad. "He's sided with dictators against the United States. And made money from wealthy, foreign interests trying to influence Trump administration decisions."

Steyer says special counsel Robert Mueller's report "identified multiple instances of obstruction of justice." While Mueller did not draw a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice, he pointedly did not exonerate him of it.

"America will move forward as soon as leaders stop acting on their own interests, start leveling with voters—and do what's right," Steyer concludes.

Need to Impeach spent about $700,000 to run the ad on Fox News in Washington, D.C., only, on CNN and MSNBC nationally and on cable networks in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Fox News' national network has refused to air Need to Impeach ads in the past. Steyer said Fox News abruptly declined his campaign's ad on October 31, 2017.

"Due to the strong negative reaction to their ad by our viewers, we could not in good conscience take their money," Fox News co-president Jack Abernethy said in a statement at the time.

A lawyer for Steyer's team accused Fox News of having "capitulated to political pressure from the Trump administration itself."

"It is no coincidence that the Cancellation of the Advertisement, in the second week of its run came on the heels of a tweet from President Trump, criticizing the spot and Mr. Steyer personally," Steyer's counsel Brad Deutsch wrote in a letter to Abernethy.

But Need to Impeach has still been able to air them in the Washington, D.C. market.

A spokeswoman for Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Newsweek on Thursday.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump participates in a debate sponsored by Fox News at the Fox Theatre on March 3, 2016, in Detroit, Michigan. A Need to Impeach Trump ad will air on Fox News's Fox & Friends show in the Washington, D.C. market despite previous ads having been pulled by Fox News nationally in the past. Chip Somodevilla/Getty