Washington: Donald Trump, who is set to become the third US President to be impeached, has attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and accused the Democrats of an “unprecedented and unconstitutional” abuse of power as he described himself as a victim of an “illegal, partisan attempted coup”.
Lawmakers opened debate on Wednesday and were poised to approve two impeachment charges against Trump, the Republican President, according to US media outlets.
Ahead of a lengthy debate in the House and the vote on the articles of impeachment against the 45th US President, Trump wrote to Pelosi that the Democrats would regret their efforts when voters cast ballots next year.
After hours of acrimonious debate, the House judiciary committee approved two charges against Trump last week.
The first is abuse of power. It accuses Trump of trying to pressure Ukraine to smear Joe Biden, his likely Democratic political rival in the 2020 general elections. The second charge is obstructing Congress. Trump is accused of failing to co-operate with the House impeachment
Trump (73) is scheduled to face a trial in the Senate next month, but the lower chamber is controlled by the Republicans. Thus, Trump is sure that the Democrats will not have the support from two-thirds of senators to vote that he should be removed from office.
In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Trump said, “They just wanted to get at the President. They had no intention of having a proper investigation. They couldn’t find any crimes so they did a vague abuse of power and abuse of Congress, which every administration from the beginning has done.”
He also asserted that he did nothing wrong and the radical left wanted to impeach him.
He said, “This should never happen to another President again. Say a prayer!”
“My hope is that impeachment will never become this trivial again,” he added.
Earlier on Tuesday, Trump in a scathing six-page letter to Speaker Pelosi sought to halt impeachment proceedings against him.
“This impeachment represents an unprecedented and unconstitutional abuse of power by Democrat lawmakers, unequaled in nearly two and a half centuries of the American legislative history,” Trump said in the letter.
Asserting that the Articles of Impeachment introduced by the House judiciary committee are not recognisable under any standard of constitutional theory, interpretation or jurisprudence, Trump said they include no crimes, no misdemeanours and no offenses whatsoever.
“You have cheapened the importance of the very ugly word, impeachment,” said Trump, who is the third American President to be impeached.
“By proceeding with your invalid impeachment, you are violating your oaths of office, you are breaking your allegiance to the Constitution and you are declaring an open war on American democracy,” he said.