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Trump sends scorching letter to Pelosi ahead of House impeachment vote


President Donald Trump, on the verge of becoming the third US president to be impeached, sent an extraordinary letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday, excoriating House Democrats and casting himself as a victim of an attempted coup.
A day before the full House is set to vote on articles of impeachment accusing him of abusing his power and obstructing lawmakers' investigations, Trump wrote in his indignant six-page missive that Democrats would come to regret their efforts when voters cast ballots next fall.
Employing falsehoods and exaggerations, he bemoaned the process as woefully broken, wildly claiming that "(m)ore due process was afforded to those accused in the Salem Witch Trials."
    He accused Pelosi of portraying a "false display of solemnity" during the impeachment process.
    "No intelligent person believes what you are saying," Trump wrote in the letter sent on Tuesday, adding: "History will judge you harshly as you proceed with this impeachment charade

    Trump is set to be the third president in US history to be impeached. Democrats have brought two Articles of Impeachment against Trump -- abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Democrats say Trump abused his office by pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rivals in exchange of security aid. They also charge that the President obstructed the congressional investigation by refusing to allow key officials to testify.
    Trump and his aides began drafting the scathing letter last week, according to officials familiar with the matter, keeping the plan and text closely held within the West Wing until its public release Tuesday.
    Trump wanted to send a message to Pelosi coming directly from him ahead of the House vote expected on Wednesday. The missive wasn't long-planned, and reflected Trump's deep-rooted resentments at the impeachment proceedings and what he views as an illegitimate attempt to remove him from office.

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