President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the impeachment trial against him is “a declaration of war on the country’s democracy” and demanded the “immediate cessation” of what he called a “fantasy” in a harsh letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“In proceeding with his invalid impeachment, he is violating his oaths of office, violating his respect for the Constitution, and is a declaration of war on American democracy,” Trump said in a letter to Pelosi, one day before the House of Representatives votes on the charges of “obstruction of Congress” and “abuse of power” against him.
The unusually harsh, six-page letter charges the Democratic opposition head-on.
“You are the ones who interfere with U.S. elections. You are the ones who subvert democracy. You are the ones who obstruct Justice. You are the ones who are bringing pain and suffering to our Republic for your selfish personal, political and partisan benefit,” he added.
For that reason, he demanded Pelosi and the Democrats the “immediate cessation” of the process of political dismissal, which he called “fantasy”.
On Wednesday, the Lower House is expected to vote in plenary on the political charges against Trump, which will probably succeed thanks to the comfortable majority of Democrats, which would give the green light to a recall process against the president in the Senate that would begin in January.
Given Republican control in the Upper House of 53 to 47, and that the impeachment also requires a two-thirds majority, Trump’s recall seems highly unlikely.
In September, Democrats announced the start of an impeachment investigation against Trump, after an informant revealed to intelligence services the content of a July telephone conversation between the president and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodimir Zelenski.
In it, Trump pressured Zelenski to open investigations against his political rival and former vice president, Democrat Joe Biden, and his son Hunter for alleged corruption in that country.
In recent months, six committees of the Lower House have conducted an investigation to open a possible impeachment trial of the president, which has included hearings of witnesses, both behind closed doors and in public.
On Monday, the House Judiciary Committee published details of the case in a 658-page document, which concludes that Trump “has betrayed the nation” in search of his personal interest.
The text establishes that Trump is politically charged for “serious crimes and misdemeanors,” according to the U.S. Constitution, having abused his power and obstructed the work of Congress.