TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_The US House, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, launched its formal impeachment inquiry into Trump late last month over a whistle-blower's complaint alleging that he had called on Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democratic front-runner in the 2020 election.
In a letter to Democratic congressional leaders on Tuesday, the White House censured the impeachment proceedings against Trump as “partisan,” and “unconstitutional,” describing the investigation as an effort to “overturn the results of the 2016 election.”
Pelosi issued a satement later on Tuesday, saying, “For a while, the President has tried to normalize lawlessness. Now, he is trying to make lawlessness a virtue.”
“The White House letter is only the latest attempt to cover up his betrayal of our democracy, and to insist that the President is above the law,” she added.
White House counsel Pat Cipollone accused House Democrats in the eight-page letter of making “legally unsupported demands,” and stressed that their unprecedented actions “have left Trump with no choice.”
“Given that your inquiry lacks any legitimate constitutional foundation, any pretense of fairness, or even the most elementary due process protections, the Executive Branch cannot be expected to participate in it,” Cipollone wrote. “Because participating in this inquiry under the current unconstitutional posture would inflict lasting institutional harm on the Executive Branch and lasting damage to the separation of powers, you have left the President no choice."
Pelosi said that the letter is obviously “wrong,” describing it as “simply another unlawful attempt to hide the facts of the Trump Administration’s brazen efforts to pressure foreign powers to intervene in the 2020 elections.”