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Eric Trump Says Campaign Has Raised $15 Million Since Democrats Started Impeachment Talk
Eric Trump waves during the President Trump campaign rally at the Amway Center in downtown Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.
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President Donald Trump’s son Eric said Friday evening that the campaign had raised nearly $15 million since Democrats officially started an “impeachment inquiry” earlier this week.

Eric Trump tweeted that the $15 million came from “small dollar donations (including 50,000 NEW donors).”

“UPDATE: We have now raised almost $15 million in small dollar donations (including 50,000 NEW donors) since @SpeakerPelosi started this impeachment charade 72 hrs ago! Unbelievable numbers!! Keep it going — you and the dems are handing @realDonaldTrump the win in 2020!” Trump tweeted.

As Trump alluded, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced Tuesday that House Democrats would open an official “impeachment inquiry” into President Trump’s phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“The actions taken to date by the president have seriously violated the Constitution,” Pelosi said.

At the time, all that was known about Trump’s call was that there was a whistleblower — who hadn’t even heard the call and was merely reporting a rumor — who claimed Trump said something alarming in a conversation with Zelensky. By Tuesday, it was claimed that Trump had demanded some sort of “quid pro quo” from Zelensky.

On Wednesday, however, the White House released the transcript of the call, which showed no alleged quid pro quo. The media, such as The New York Times and The Washington Post, NPR, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News’ Shepard Smith, cut a significant segment from the transcript to make it look like Trump asked Zelensky for a “favor” — to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

In reality, as The Daily Wire previously reported, the “favor” was for Ukraine’s cooperation with the U.S. as the Justice Department investigates the origins of what came to be known as Russiagate. This was the two-year-long investigation and claim by Democrats and their media counterparts that Trump colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election from Hillary Clinton. A special counsel investigation found no evidence to support the claims. Two separate DOJ investigations are now looking into how the claim came to be and why the Obama administration used weak information to obtain surveillance warrants on the Trump campaign.

Here is Trump’s actual request from Zelensky:

I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike … I guess you have one of your wealthy people … The server, they say Ukraine has it. There are a lot of things that went on, the whole situation. I think you’re surrounding yourself with some of the same people. I would like to have the attorney general call you or your people and I would like you to get to the bottom of it. As you saw yesterday, that whole nonsense ended with a very poor performance by a man named Robert Mueller, an incompetent performance, but they say a lot of it started with Ukraine. Whatever you can do, it’s very important that you do it if that’s possible.

The actual favor had nothing to do with Biden. After Zelensky responded to Trump, the president then mentioned Biden. At no time was a quid pro quo mentioned and Ukraine was not even aware that Trump was withholding military funds at the time of the call.