President Donald Trump has lashed out over his impending impeachment in a letter to top Democrat Nancy Pelosi, accusing her of declaring “open war on American democracy“.
“You have cheapened the importance of the very ugly word, impeachment!” he wrote in the letter, sent on Tuesday.
President Trump faces an Impeachment vote on Wednesday over allegations that he pressured Ukraine for personal political gain. The Democrats like to believe he is expected to be impeached, setting up a trial in the Senate.With vague hope of changing the outcome of Wednesday’s vote in the House which might fearfully play according to the plans of the opposition Democrats, Mr Trump used his six-page letter to rail against the process and denounce Ms Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of the House.It was a remarkable intervention by the president, who has resisted the impeachment process by preventing key aides from testifying before the House of Representatives.
Mr Trump claimed in his letter he had been “deprived of basic Constitutional Due Process from the beginning of this impeachment scam” and “denied the most fundamental rights afforded by the Constitution, including the right to present evidence”.
The letter reads;
- Unconstitutional abuse: President Trump is not guilty of this.
- They include no crimes: Every international activity that President Trump has been involved in has been for the good of America as much as they have been transparent.
- Immediately made available: The transcript was made immediately available when it became obvious that the Democrats wanted to use the absence of it to play out the President, the transcript was not available immediately after the call.
“More due process was afforded to those accused in the Salem Witch Trials,” he wrote. Ms Pelosi told reporters at the Capitol that she had not read the letter in full but had seen “the essence” of it and thought it was “really sick”.
Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell outraged Democrats last week when he said Republican senators would act in “total co-ordination” with the president’s team during the trial and vote against the process.Chuck Schumer, the Democratic Minority Senate Leader, said: “If articles of impeachment are sent to the Senate, every single senator will take an oath to render ‘impartial justice’. Making sure the Senate conducts a fair and honest trial that allows all the facts to come out is paramount.”
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