WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- President Donald Trump sent House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a letter on the eve of his likely impeachment and the Democrat congresswoman called it “really sick.”
- Trump sent a six-page letter to Pelosi calling the impeachment process an “abuse of power by Democrat lawmakers,” and said the speaker had “cheapened the importance” of the political process.
- According to Senior White House officials said that White House lawyers were not consulted when the president wrote the letter and “were not pleased” with the release of the letter a day before an impeachment, the Washington Post reported.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has responded to a letter President Donald Trump sent her on the House vote that will likely see him impeached. She called the letter “really sick.”
Last week, the House Judiciary Committee approved articles of impeachment, charging Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress over his dealings with Ukraine. The House will then vote on the articles and if approved the process moves to the Senate for trial.
In the six-page letter Trump sent to Pelosi, the president called the impeachment process an “abuse of power by Democrat lawmakers,” and said the House Speaker had “cheapened the importance” of the political process.
“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 open war on American Democracy,” Trump wrote.
“More due process was afforded to those accused in the Salem Witch Trials,” he continued.
On Tuesday night, Speaker Pelosi told reporters that she hadn’t “fully read” the letter but called it “ridiculous.”
“I don’t have a reaction. It’s ridiculous,” Pelosi told CNN’s senior congressional correspondent Manu Raju. “I mean, I haven’t fully read it. We’ve been working. I’ve seen the essence of it. It’s really sick.”
White House lawyers were not consulted when the president wrote the letter and “were not pleased” with the release of the letter a day before an impeachment, Senior White House officials told Washington Post White House Reporter Josh Dawsey.
The letter was drafted by legislative affairs director Eric Ueland, presidential adviser Stephen Miller, and counselor to the chief of staff Michael Williams, according to ABC News’ chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl. He added that White House counsel Pat Cipollone “saw it after it was drafted.”
Source: Business Insider