Trump Accuses Pelosi of Violating Her Oath of Office, ‘Declaring Open War’ on Democracy

By Melanie Arter | December 17, 2019 | 3:30pm EST
(Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

( – One day before the full House votes on impeachment, President Donald Trump on Tuesday sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) protesting the impeachment and accusing her of violating her oath of office, breaking her allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, and “declaring open war on American Democracy.”

“I write to express my strongest and most powerful protest against the partisan impeachment crusade being pursued by the Democrats in the House of Representatives. This impeachment represents and unprecedented and unconstitutional abuse of power by Democrat Lawmakers, unequaled in nearly two and a half centuries of American legislative history,” the president wrote.

“The Articles of Impeachment introduced by the House Judiciary Committee are not recognizable under and standard of Constitutional theory, interpretation, or jurisprudence. They include no crimes, no misdemeanors, and no offenses whatsoever. You have cheapened the importance of the very ugly word, impeachment!” he added.

“By proceeding with your invalid impeachment, you are violating your oaths of office, you are breaking your allegiance to the Constitution, and you are declaring open war on American Democracy. You dare to invoke the Founding Fathers in pursuit of this election-nullification scheme – yet your spiteful actions display unfettered contempt for America’s founding and your egregious conduct threatens to destroy that which our Founders pledged their very lives to build,” Trump wrote.

“Even worse than offending the Founding Fathers, you are offending Americans of faith by continually saying ‘I pray for the President,’ when you know this statement is not true, unless it is meant in a negative sense. It is a terrible thing you are doing, but you will have to live with it, not I!” he wrote.

Trump said that the first claim that he abused his power “is a completely disingenuous, meritless, and baseless invention of your imagination.”

“You are turning a policy disagreement between two branches of government into an impeachable offense – it is no more legitimate than the Executive Branch charging members of Congress with crimes for the lawful exercise of legislative power,” he told Pelosi in the letter.

“The second claim, so-called ‘Obstruction of Congress,’ is preposterous and dangerous. House Democrats are trying to impeach the duly elected President of the United States for asserting Constitutionally based privileges that have been asserted on a bipartisan basis by administrations of both political parties throughout our Nation’s history. Under that standard, every American president would have been impeached many times over,” Trump wrote.

He quoted George Washington University Law professor Jonathan Turley, saying, ‘if you make a high crime and misdemeanor out of going to the courts, it is an abuse of power. It’s your abuse of power. You’re doing precisely what you’re criticizing the President for doing,’”

The president accused the Democrats of trying to overturn the will of the people because they have “never recovered” from their defeat in the 2016 election, and he diagnosed Pelosi with “a full-fledged case … of Trump Derangement Syndrome.”

“Everyone, you included, knows what is really happening. Your chosen candidate lost the election in 2016, in an Electoral College landslide (306-227), and you and your party have never recovered from this defeat. You have developed a full-fledged case of what many in the media call Trump Derangement Syndrome and sadly, you will never get over it!” Trump wrote.

“You are unwilling and unable to accept the verdict issued at the ballot box during the great Election of 2016. So you have spent three straight years attempting to overturn the will of the American people and nullify their votes. You view democracy as your enemy!” he added.

The president noted that Pelosi even admitted at a public forum last week that the Democrats’ impeachment efforts have been going on for 2 ½ years – long before the Ukraine call. 
Trump accused Pelosi and the Democrats of trying to “distract” from his administration’s economic successes, legislative achievements, judicial confirmations, military achievements, foreign policy successes, and efforts to protect the unborn. 

“There are not many people who could have taken the punishment inflicted during this period of time, and yet done so much for the success of America and its citizens,” the president said.

“If you truly cared about freedom and liberty for our Nation, then you would be devoting your vast investigative resources to exposing the full truth concerning the FBI’s horrifying abuses of power before, during, and after the 2016 election – including the use of spies against my campaign, the submission of false evidence to a FISA court, and the concealment of exculpatory evidence in order to frame the innocent,” he wrote.

Anyone who votes for impeachment, Trump said, “is showing how deeply they revile the voters and how truly they detest America’s Constitutional order. Our Founders feared the tribalization of partisan politics, and you are bringing their worst fears to life.”

The president also complained that he has been deprived of “Constitutional Due Process from the beginning of this impeachment scam right up until the present.”

“More due process was afforded to those accused in the Salem Witch Trials,” he wrote. He accused the Democrats of targeting him as well as the entire GOP and their voters.

“This is nothing more than an illegal, partisan attempted coup that will, based on recent sentiment badly fail at the voting booth. You are not just after me, as President, you are after the entire Republican Party. But because of this colossal injustice, our party is more united than it has ever been before. History will judge you harshly as you proceed with this impeachment charade. Your legacy will be that of turning the House of Representatives from a revered legislative body into a Star Chamber of partisan persecution,” he wrote.

“Perhaps most insulting of all is your false display of solemnity. You apparently have so little respect for the American People that you expect them to believe that you are approaching this impeachment somberly, reservedly, and reluctantly. No intelligent person believes what you are saying. Since the moment I won the election, the Democrat Party has been possessed by Impeachment Fever,” Trump wrote.

“There is no reticence. This not a somber affair. 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. The voters are wise, and they are seeing straight through this empty, hollow, and dangerous game you are playing,” the president added.

Trump concluded by warning that voters “will not soon forgive” the Democrats’ “perversion of justice and abuse of power” and will hold the Democrats responsible at the ballot box.


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