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Trump accuses Democrats of 'declaring open war on American democracy' in scathing letter protesting impeachment

It's tough to tell, but President Trump doesn't seemed thrilled at the prospect of being impeached.

Trump on Tuesday sent a scathing leader to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to express his "strongest and most powerful protest against the partisan impeachment crusade," just a day before the House is scheduled to vote on two articles of impeachment. Trump went on to accuse Democrats of violating their own oaths of office, breaking their allegiance to the United States Constitution, and "declaring open war on American democracy." Trump also compared impeachment to an "attempted coup" and called the process a "perversion of justice."

Most of the six-page letter reiterates familiar talking points voiced by Trump since Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry — he defends his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, baselessly chastises Democrats for not attempting to pass any legislation, and paints himself as an innocent victim. "More due process was afforded to those accused in the Salem Witch Trials," the letter reads.

Indeed, several observers likened the letter to one of Trump's patented rambling tweets, just without a character limit.

Even still, the weight of its release was not lost on people, some of whom are predicting it will be remembered for quite a while. Read the full letter here. Tim O'Donnell