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Trump Jabs at Impeachment Probe Before Pardoning Thanksgiving Turkeys

"But Bread and Butter, I should note that unlike previous witnesses, you and I have actually met," Trump said

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    President Donald Trump pardons Butter, the national Thanksgiving turkey, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    President Donald Trump popped off a few impeachment jokes as he continued the 30-year-old tradition of pardoning a Thanksgiving turkey.

    Trump’s latest act of clemency Tuesday benefits Butter, a 47-pound turkey wished a “lot of luck” by the president. Trump also said he was sparing Bread, Butter’s partner, from being served up on a Thanksgiving table near you.

    Trump joked that the turkeys were trained to remain calm under any condition, “which will be very important because they’ve already received subpoenas to appear in Adam Schiff’s basement on Thursday.” Rep. Schiff is leading the impeachment inquiry for the House intelligence committee.

    "But Bread and Butter, I should note that unlike previous witnesses, you and I have actually met," Trump added.   

    President George H.W. Bush established the annual turkey pardon tradition in 1989 by sparing a 50-pound (23-kilogram) bird.

    Earlier Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee had announced it was set to take over the impeachment probe next week, scheduling a Dec. 4 hearing on the question of "high crimes and misdemeanors" set out in the Constitution.