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Trump Sends Pelosi an 'Extraordinary' Letter

He registers his objections to impeachment over 6 pages
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2019 1:51 PM CST
Updated Dec 17, 2019 2:12 PM CST

(Newser) – Nancy Pelosi was on the receiving end of what the Washington Post calls an "extraordinary letter" written by President Trump. Over six pages that you can read in full here, he voices his "strongest and most powerful protest" against impeachment, writing that "this impeachment represents an unprecedented and unconstitutional abuse of power by Democrat Lawmakers, unequaled in nearly two and a half centuries of American legislative history." The AP reports that the "fiery" letter, which comes a day before his expected impeachment, voices Trump's displeasure at how the House inquiry was handled, alleging "more due process was afforded to those accused in the Salem Witch Trials."

Trump writes that the Articles of Impeachment that the House Judiciary Committee has come up with "include no crimes, no misdemeanors, and no offenses whatsoever. You have cheapened the importance of the very ugly word, impeachment!" He addresses the claims of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress at length, then goes on to tout a long list of successes that have occurred in his term, writing, "you and your party are desperate to distract" from them. He expresses that he doesn't believe his letter will change anything, but that he wanted to record his objections "for the purpose of history. ... 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." (Read more Trump impeachment stories.)

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