US President Donald Trump will suffer impeachment after a debate and a vote by the House of Representatives on Wednesday (local time), ensuring that Donald Trump becomes the third US President in history to be impeached.
Bill Clinton (1993 to 2001) and Andrew Johnson (1865 to 1869) were the only two other Presidents to suffer impeachment. No US President has left office due to impeachment proceedings and, at this stage, Congress which is Republican-dominated will dismiss the impeachment charges at the trial.
In the fiercely accusatory, sometimes rambling six-page letter, Trump defended his “absolutely perfect” phone call with the Ukraine president that sparked the impeachment inquiry. He also tried to justify anew the Ukrainian investigations he wanted into Democratic rival Joe Biden while withholding military aid from the vulnerable U.S. ally. Conclusively, he disputed the charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress’ investigation in the charges against him, AP News reported.
“You are the ones bringing pain and suffering to our Republic for your own selfish, personal political and partisan gain,” Trump wrote, accusing Democrats of “Trump Derangement Syndrome” while still smarting from their 2016 election losses.
“No intelligent person believes what you are saying,” Trump wrote. He added: “You are making a mockery of impeachment and you are scarcely concealing your hatred of me, of the Republican Party, and tens of millions of patriotic Americans.”
Donald Trump claimed he had been “deprived of basic Constitutional Due Process from the beginning of this impeachment scam” and “denied the most fundamental rights afforded by the Constitution, including the right to present evidence”.
“More due process was afforded to those accused in the Salem Witch Trials,” he wrote.
The House of Representative votes will be carried on party lines with only two House Democrats Collin Peterson and Jeff Van Drew known to be voting against it.
However, the business of government continues with the House Democrats, so keen to impeach Trump, highly likely to pass the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, in what is expected to be the last piece of business before lawmakers leave for the Christmas holidays.