President Trump on Tuesday escalated his criticism of the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, claiming the process resembled a “coup.”
“As I learn more and more each day, I am coming to the conclusion that what is taking place is not an impeachment, it is a COUP,” Trump tweeted.
The president wrote that the investigation into his alleged abuse of power is “intended to take away the Power of the People, their VOTE, their Freedoms, their Second Amendment, Religion, Military, Border Wall, and their God-given rights as a Citizen of The United States of America!”
House Democrats last week formally launched an impeachment inquiry against Trump, spurred largely by his conduct on a call with the Ukrainian president in which Trump urged the foreign leader to “look into” Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
The White House last week released a rough transcript of the July 25 call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which showed Trump urging Zelensky to get in touch with his personal attorney and the attorney general to investigate possible wrongdoing by Biden.
A whistleblower complaint made public last Thursday shed further light on how the White House sought to conceal the contents of the call by limiting those who had access to the transcript.
Trump’s tweet on Tuesday mirrored the rhetoric he deployed during former special counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The president regularly decried the probe as a “witch hunt” and referred to it earlier this year as “a coup,” likening it to something that would happen in “a third world country.”
But Mueller’s report did not establish that Trump conspired with Russia, and it failed to deliver a verdict on whether he obstructed justice.
The Ukraine controversy represents a more urgent threat to Trump’s presidency, as Democrats have indicated they are prepared to move quickly toward impeachment. In response, Trump’s attacks on his critics have become increasingly hostile.
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