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NC Senate leader calls impeachment inquiry a “hoax”

Senator Phil Berger

In a fundraising email distributed this morning, North Carolina Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger described the impeachment inquiry currently underway in the U.S. House of Representatives as a “hoax.” The subject line of the email  — which was sent from (and links to) Berger’s campaign — reads “Impeachment Hoax.”

The email then goes on to say the following:

Democrats are desperate for a way to impeach President Trump.

First, they tried blaming Russia. But the Mueller investigation found that there was no collusion.

Now it’s a phone call with the President of Ukraine. Who knows what it will be next?

I’m supporting Donald Trump in 2020, and North Carolina is going to be a key state in next year’s election.

Will you chip in RIGHT NOW to help keep conservatives in charge of our state?

The left’s attacks on President Trump won’t stop anytime soon and the 2020 fight starts here.

A contribution of any amount will help keep North Carolina red.



The Berger fundraiser arrived on the same morning that Trump appeared, once again, to engage in the very behavior that has been targeted in the impeachment investigation when he issued a public call for China and Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Biden and his son, Hunter. This is from an update in The Washington Post:

10:30 a.m.: Trump calls for China to investigate the Bidens

Trump suggested Thursday that another foreign country should investigate Biden and his son Hunter, even though House Democrats have launched an impeachment inquiry against him over his request that the Ukrainian president do the same.

Biden is a 2020 presidential candidate.

“China should start an investigation into the Bidens, because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine,” Trump told reporters.

Federal law prohibits campaigns from accepting or soliciting a “thing of value” from foreign nationals or governments in connection with an election. North Carolina journalists would do well to ask Berger at the next opportunity for the basis of his belief that an investigation into behavior that appears to so blatantly flaunt federal law could in any way be considered a “hoax.”


  1. Matt

    October 3, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    I for one am glad Phil Berger found time to jump on the bandwagon right before it drove off a cliff. How can it be a hoax, one wonders, if the President just admitted it in public:

  2. Bob

    October 3, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    I say shame on all the GOP for denying what is a fact and right there in front of your face, trump did ask for a favor, he wanted Ukraine to look for dirt on his opponent Joe Biden , he even admits it on TV and has now asked China to look for what? I don’t know do you? as there is nothing to see but a big fat nothing burger! What evidence do you have that this is a “Hoax”? please tell I’m waiting to be amazed with what lie you will spin just like your leader, lies, lies, and more lies. Will you ever be honest and tell the truth, I’m sure you are “a man of faith” too. Are you Mr. Berger? My religion tells me that lying is a sin in the ten commandments doesn’t yours? I hope to God that the state of NC turns blue blood in 2020 enough of the filthy, dirty lies from the right and trump. Not one red cent will be going to the Berger party of obstruction, thieving and lies. You had better refresh your resume because you will be looking for a new job come next year. #VoteforBiden2020.

  3. CAC

    October 4, 2019 at 10:35 am

    The GOP, and particularly Trump, consider anything that doesn’t fit their narrative to be a “hoax.”

  4. Cath

    October 4, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    If Dems were desperate for a way to impeach Trump it would have happened by now (Stormy Daniels for starters?). Obviously, they have been carefully considering their options with Trump. Now we are at the point where they have to do something or they become just like the GOP – enablers of Trump and his power grab. How much rope should they give this guy before he hangs our democracy?

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