Trump erupts in misspelled tweet hours before impeachment vote: 'This shoild never happen'

President rages against Democrats after sending rambling six-page letter to Nancy Pelosi

Conrad Duncan@theconradduncan
Wednesday 18 December 2019 13:31
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Donald Trump: I take zero responsibility for impeachment

Donald Trump has vented his anger in a misspelled tweet hours before a historic impeachment vote that could ultimately see him removed from the White House.

Just minutes after a post apparently directed at Fox News, the president wrote: "Can you believe that I will be impeached today by the Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats, AND I DID NOTHING WRONG!

"A terrible thing. Read the Transcripts. This shoild never happen to another President again. Say a prayer!"

Mr Trump has now deleted the tweet and replaced it with a corrected version.

The president is expected to become the third president to be impeached in US history today over allegations that he withheld US military aid and a White House visit to Ukraine to force its leader into announcing an investigation into his 2020 election rival Joe Biden.

Although Mr Trump has denied any wrongdoing, multiple US diplomats and foreign service officials have testified about their concerns over his conduct.

After his misspelled tweet, the president began quoting sections of a supportive interview by Republican representative Doug Collins.

The outburst comes after Mr Trump sent a rambling six-page letter to Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker, accusing Democrats of pursuing an “illegal, partisan attempted coup”.

The letter, which contained a string of grammatical errors, outlined why Mr Trump believes he should not be impeached and bizarrely compared his treatment to the Salem witch trials.

During the impeachment inquiry, Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the EU, directly implicated the president in his testimony and told Congress senior Trump administration officials were aware of inappropriate attempts to pressure Ukraine.

“Everyone was in the loop. It was not secret,” Mr Sondland said.

Representatives will vote on two formal articles of impeachment - abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Members of the House of Representatives are expected to vote mainly along party lines on Wednesday after bitter debates which have seen Republicans accuse Democrats of pursuing impeachment for partisan reasons.

If Mr Trump is impeached, he will face a trial in the Republican-controlled Senate, where senior figures have already indicated that they will not vote to remove the president.

Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, has declared he is “not an impartial juror”, despite the fact that senators must take an oath swearing to do “impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws” at the start of an impeachment trial.

“Impeachment is a political decision,” Mr McConnell said.

“The House made a partisan political decision to impeach. I would anticipate we will have a largely partisan outcome in the Senate. I'm not impartial about this at all."

Chuck Schumer, the Democratic minority leader in the Senate, has called on senior Trump administration officials, such as John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney, to testify in the trial.

However, Republicans are expected to back a swift trial with few witnesses to shut down the impeachment process.

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