- "No intelligent person believes what you are saying," part of the letter Trump wrote reads.
- "I don't have a reaction. It's ridiculous," Pelosi told CNN.
- According to the AP, Pelosi has enough votes to impeach Trump.
Ahead of the House vote on his impeachment, which is set to take place today, President Donald Trump sent an angry letter yesterday to the Speaker of the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). He feels he is being subjected to unfair treatment. The Democrats, in Trump’s view, are waging an “open war on American democracy” by launching impeachment proceedings against him.
And that’s just one of the accusations he made against the Speaker, in the six-page long letter he wrote to her. “No intelligent person believes what you are saying,” part of the letter Trump wrote reads. He added, “history will judge you harshly as you proceed with this impeachment charade.” In his letter, the president accuses Democrats of violating the Constitution and the oath they swore to serve in the United States when they joined Congress.
Democrats believe the president abused his office by asking a foreign power— Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky— to get dirt on a political rival, namely former Vice President Joe Biden, who is likely to become Donald Trump’s challenger in the presidential election scheduled for next year. According to the Democrats, the president “ignored or harmed” US national security interests for “his own sake.” But that’s not all. The Democrats also believe the president equally abused his powers by obstructing Congress while it investigated the matter.
“There are not many people who could have taken the punishment inflicted during this period of time, and yet done so much for the success the United States and its citizens,” Trump writes in the letter. “You see democracy as your enemy.” Donald Trump explains that he has written the letter so that his stance on the case should not be lost in history. “I write this letter to you for the purpose of history and to put my thoughts on a permanent and indelible record. One hundred years from now, when people look back at this affair, I want them to understand it and learn from it so that it can never happen to another president again.” he writes.
“Ridiculous” and “Sick”
Nancy Pelosi has not read Donald Trump’s letter to the end. “I don’t have a reaction. It’s ridiculous,” she told CNN Congressional Correspondent, Manu Raju. Asked why she doesn’t have a reaction, she responded, “I mean, I haven’t fully read it. We’ve been working. I’ve seen the essence of it, and it’s really sick.”
On Tuesday, Nancy Pelosi confirmed that members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday would vote on whether or not to impeach President Trump. According to the AP, Pelosi has enough votes. “During this very prayerful moment in our nation’s history, we must honor our oath to support and defend our Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic,” she said on Tuesday.
If the house approves either of the two articles of impeachment against the president, it will be forwarded to the Senate, where it is expected to begin in January. Here, Republicans, President Trump’s party, are the majority, and they have widely rejected the Democrats’ accusations.