Trump urges GOP to 'get tougher' against impeachment inquiry

(SOUNDBITE) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING:

"They are vicious and they stick together. They don't have Mitt Romney in their mix.'

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday called on Republicans to get tough and fight democrats and their fast-moving impeachment inquiry over his request that Ukraine investigate a political rival.

(SOUNDBITE) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING:

"They want to impeach. And they want to do it as quick as possible. And that's pretty much the story (EDIT) The Republicans have to get tougher and fight. We have some that are great fighters, but they have to get tougher and fight, because the Democrats are trying to hurt the Republican Party before the election

His comments came as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a video and fact sheet titled "the shakedown" to try to make the case for impeachment, saying that Trump quote "believes he is above the law" ..

The inquiry focuses on Trump's request in a July 25th phone call that Ukraine - a vulnerable foreign ally - interfere to his benefit in the 2020 U.S. presidential election by providing political dirt on rival Joe Biden.


Trump - once again Monday lashed out at House Democrats - saying he did nothing wrong and that the call with the Ukraine president was "perfect."

(SOUNDBITE) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING:

I think they wanna impeach me because that's the only way they are going to win, they only got a phonecall that was perfect…"

Another round of crucial testimony for the House committees is set for this week .. with Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine... expected Tuesday.

Taylor's text messages with U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland have surfaced as a central thread in the probe.

Trump had withheld aid to Ukraine before his call with the president, but later provided it.

In a text to Sondland, Taylor said quote, ""I think it's crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign."

Approval of articles of impeachment in the House would prompt a trial in the Republican-led Senate. So far, republicans have shown little inclination toward removing Trump from office.