- Title: Trump accuses Democrats of 'attempted coup' on eve of impeachment vote
- Date: 17th December 2019
- Summary: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (DECEMBER 17, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF LETTER SENT BY TRUMP TO HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI PROTESTING THE IMPEACHMENT PROCESS
- Embargoed: 31st December 2019 20:41
- Keywords: Guatemala Senate Trump USMCA impeachment
- Location: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES
- City: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA002BAD8C3R
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- Story Text: On the eve of his expected impeachment in the U.S. House of Representatives, President Donald Trump on Tuesday (December 17) accused Democrats of pursuing an "illegal, partisan attempted coup" and declaring war on American democracy as they seek to remove him from office for pressing Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden.
Trump's remarks came in a letter he signed addressed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, released as House lawmakers met to set the rules for debate ahead of Wednesday's planned vote on two articles of impeachment - formal charges - against Trump.
"This is nothing more than an illegal, partisan attempted coup that will, based on recent sentiment, badly fail at the voting booth," Trump's letter stated, alluding to the 2020 U.S. presidential election in which he is seeking another four years in office.
The U.S. Constitution gives the House the power to impeach a president for "high crimes and misdemeanors," part of the document's checks and balances among the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the federal government.
The Democratic-led House is expected to pass two articles of impeachment charging the Republican president with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress for his dealings with Ukraine.
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