Trump writes rambling letter to Nancy Pelosi on eve of impeachment
Donald Trump has lashed out against Democrats and their impeachment investigation in a rambling, grievance-laden letter to House speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Hours before the House of Representatives was due to vote on articles of impeachment against him, the president released the letter, and later doubled down his attack in comments delivered in the Oval Office.
“I write to express my strongest and most powerful protest against the partisan impeachment crusade being pursued by the Democrats in the House of Representatives,” Mr Trump wrote. “This impeachment represents an unprecedented and unconstitutional abuse of power by Democrat Lawmakers, unequalled in nearly two and a half centuries of American legislative history.”
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Over the six pages that follow, Mr Trump airs a litany of complaints and grievances against Democrats efforts to impeach him for withholding military aid to Ukraine to force that country’s president to announce sham investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and a widely-discredited conspiracy theory which posits that Ukraine – not Russia – interfered in the 2016 election.
Shortly afterwards, speaking to reporters in the White House, the president hit out at the impeachment, terming it a “sham” and a witch hunt”.
Asked what responsibility he took for the events unfolding around him, he replied: “Zero”.
Talking to reporters as he hosted Guatemala’s leader, Jimmy Morales, the president angrily claimed he would not be watching the vote, due to take place Wednesday. Whether that is the case remains to be seen; he also insisted he would not watch witnesses called by the Democrats as part of their probe, and then proceeded to live tweet criticism of them.