President Donald Trump submitted a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday outlining his reasons for opposing the Democrats’ “illegal, partisan” impeachment drive and arguing that it ought to be halted immediately.
In response, the House speaker condemned the letter as “sick” and “ridiculous.”
“I have no reaction. It’s ridiculous. I haven’t really fully read it. We’ve been working. I’ve seen the essence of it, though, and it’s really sick,” she said to reporters.
It’s not clear what part of the letter she views as “ridiculous” and “sick,” though it ought to be noted that her reaction aligns perfectly with the media’s portrayal of the letter.
CNN described the document as a “wild letter … filled with false and misleading claims.” However, the network’s own report on the matter was chockablock with stunningly false and misleading claims (as usual). More on this later.
The New York Times likewise accused the letter of being “a missive full of unproven charges, hyperbole and long-simmering grievances against his own government.”
Keep in mind the letter was sent only a week after Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a report showing that the FBI had committed 17 “fundamental” errors in its investigation of Trump’s 2016 election campaign.
Moreover, the FBI is under criminal investigation by U.S. Attorney John Durham over credible allegations that the investigation was politically motivated, and new polling data shows that a 53 percent majority of Americans believe the FBI acted illegally.
The Times also accused the letter of boasting a “grievance-filled narrative” because of the president’s insistence that Democrats are “subverting America’s democracy.”
“You are the ones interfering in America’s elections,” the letter reads. “You are the ones subverting America’s democracy. You are the ones Obstructing Justice. You are the ones bringing pain and suffering to our Republic for your own selfish personal, political, and partisan gain.”
The full letter may be read below:
The evidence, including recent polling data, angry outbursts by incensed voters, and numerous interviews with disgruntled Americans who think impeachment is a “waste of time,” suggests a large chunk of the public feels similarly.
“This is nothing more than an illegal, partisan attempted coup that will, based on recent sentiment, badly fail at the voting both,” the letter continues. “You are not just after me, as president, you are after the entire Republican Party. History will judge you harshly as you proceed with this impeachment charade.”
“I have no doubt the American people will hold you and the Democrats fully responsible in the upcoming 2020 election. They will not soon forgive your perversion of justice and abuse of power.”
As of this week, polling averages maintained by RealClearPolitics show that for the first time, a plurality of Americans oppose impeachment/removal versus support it:
With two new polls added this morning, support for impeachment is officially under water. pic.twitter.com/9fNjV5fe7H
— Tom Bevan (@TomBevanRCP) December 16, 2019
National polling likewise shows Trump leading all Democrat presidential candidates for the first time this election season:
USA Today-Suffolk Univ. national poll has Trump leading all Dem contenders, including Biden by 3 pts. https://t.co/wQWk8GBIvK
— THESKY973DOTCOM (@THESKY973DOTCOM) December 17, 2019
“The Articles of Impeachment introduced by the House Judiciary Committee are not recognizable under any 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!” Trump’s letter continues.
While this point has also been fact-checked by some media outlets, it was a near-perfect recitation of points conveyed by legal experts such as Jonathan Turley, a civil libertarian, legal scholar, attorney, and George Washington University Law School professor who didn’t vote for Trump but has spoken out in his defense anyway as per his commitment to legal truth.
The letter further:
- Outlined the credible allegations of corruption against former Vice President Joe Biden that prompted Trump into asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a phone call over the summer to look into the matter.
- Pointed out that House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff effectively lied to the American people by publicly reading a fictional account of that phone call.
- Noted that the whistleblower complaint filed against him is “false” and “bears no relationship to the actual phone call that was made.”
- Alleged that the Democrats’ impeachment drive is rooted in their demonstrated inability to accept the results of the 2016 presidential election.
- Listed the numerous Democrats and Democrat operatives who’ve been plotting Trump’s impeachment since the day he was elected into office three years ago.
- Accused Pelosi of being disingenuous when she talks about “praying” for the president.
Over at CNN, the network used misleading fact-checks to suggest the president is a big-time liar.
For instance, in the letter, the president wrote that Biden has “used his office and $1 billion dollars of U.S. aid money to coerce Ukraine into firing the prosecutor who was digging into the company paying his son millions of dollars.”
That’s a fully accurate statement, yet CNN fact-checked it in a way designed to suggest the statement was false.
CNN also targeted this statement from the letter: “Ambassador Sondland testified that I told him: ‘No quid pro quo. I want nothing. I want nothing. I want President Zelensky to do the right thing, do what he ran on.'”
Yet again CNN tried to play word games to suggest Trump was being misleading and thus once again proving how he can’t be trusted.
“Sondland, Trump’s ambassador to the European Union, did testify that Trump told him this — but Sondland nonetheless said that, in his own opinion, there was indeed a quid pro quo,” the far-left network kvetched.
But that doesn’t make the president’s statement false or misleading. However, the fact that CNN’s fact-checkers neglected to mention that Sondland’s “opinion” was nothing more than a “presumption” not backed by any actual facts suggests the ones actually being misleading are them.
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