Trump Defends Himself Ahead of Impeachment Vote: ‘I Did Nothing Wrong’

December 18, 2019 Updated: December 18, 2019
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Republican President Donald Trump said that he “did nothing wrong” on Wednesday morning and asked for prayer ahead of a scheduled House vote on impeaching the president.

House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against Trump last week, accusing him of abusing the office of the president and obstructing Congress. Since Democrats control the House with a 233-197 majority and almost all have signaled their intention to vote to impeach Trump, he is expected to be impeached.

But Trump took to his favorite platform late Tuesday and early Wednesday to reassert that he didn’t do what Democrats have accused him of doing.

“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,” Trump wrote, referring to transcripts of his calls with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that the White House released.

“This should never happen to another President again. Say a PRAYER!” he added.

In a missive on Tuesday night, Trump said that impeaching him would only lead to easier wins for Republicans next year.

“Democrat ‘leadership,’ despite their denials, are putting tremendous pressure on their members to vote yes on this ridiculous Impeachment. If they vote yes, it will be much easier for Republicans to win in 2020!” he wrote. He called out House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), calling her “the worst,” and the Senate Majority Leader, calling him “Cryin’ Chuck Schumer.”

With people like them, Trump said, it’s “no wonder” that Washington “has been such a mess for so long.”

The president mentioned FISA abuse that Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz uncovered and detailed in a recently released report, writing that the people in Washington “includes the previous administration who (and now we know for sure) SPIED on my campaign.”

He also wrote that top FBI officials broke the law in applying to spy on his 2016 presidential campaign aide Carter Page.

“They want to Impeach me (I’m not worried!), and yet they were all breaking the law in so many ways. How can they do that and yet impeach a very successful (Economy Plus) President of the United States, who has done nothing wrong?” he wrote.

Trump wrote a blistering letter on Tuesday to Pelosi, who in turn wrote to her caucus that the House on Wednesday “will exercise one of the most solemn powers granted to us by the Constitution, as we vote to approve two articles of impeachment” against Trump.

“No Member came to Congress to impeach a president,” Pelosi claimed. “But every one of us, as our first act as a Member of Congress, stood on the House Floor and raised our hand and took a sacred oath: ‘I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.'”

“That oath makes us Custodians of the Constitution,” she continued. “If we do not act, we will be derelict in our duty.”

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