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Trump equates the ‘impeachment’ to Salem’s trials before a key vote in the House of Representatives

December 17, 2019
El presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump.

The president of the United States, Donald Trump. – REUTERS / KEVIN LAMARQUE

The plenary session of the lower house will decide on Wednesday if it sends Trump to a Senate trial


The president of the United States, Donald Trump, has declared himself a victim of a more unfair process than that of Salem's trials for witchcraft, in a letter he sent Tuesday to the head of the House of Representatives, the Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi , one day before the legislative headquarters vote to file the impeachment or open a political trial against him in the Senate.

“I write this letter for History and to put my thoughts on a permanent and indelible record. One hundred years later, when people look at this issue, I want you to understand and learn from it so that this never happens again to a president “Trump said.

Thus, he has expressed his “strongest protest” against what he considers “a partisan crusade” of the Democratic congressmen because, he says, they have not overcome Hillary Clinton's defeat in the 2016 presidential elections.

Trump has argued that the 'impeachment' process “has nothing to do with Ukraine,” underlining that the Democratic Party has already considered launching it for other reasons as soon as it reaches the White House, among which the investigation by special prosecutor Robert has recalled Mueller on Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election campaign.

“You totally failed with the Mueller report because there was nothing to find, so you decided to move on to the next witch hunt, which came with the phone call to Ukraine,” he said.

In this regard, he has stressed that it was a “innocent” and “perfect” call in which he did not require a 'quid pro quo' to his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodimir Zelenski, as well as the alleged corrupts of the Democratic candidate Joe Biden and Hunter son in his business in the European country.

“Everyone here, you included, knows what is happening. You chose a candidate who lost in 2016 and neither you nor your party have recovered it (…), so you have spent the last three years trying to reverse the will of the American people … You are the true enemies of democracy, “he said.


Trump has sent this letter to Pelosi on the same day that the House of Representatives has announced that on Wednesday he will submit to the plenary session the impeachment of charges against the New York magnate.

The Judicial Commission accuses the US president of abuse of power for pressuring Ukraine to investigate the Biden and the “discredited theory” that it was that country and not Russia who interfered in the 2016 elections, conditioning military aid to United States and a visit of Zelenski to the White House.

It also accuses Congress of obstruction for rejecting all the requirements made by the commission of inquiry in the framework of its research, both for information and for appearances, and for ordering government officials and agencies to reject them as well.

Trump has described the “abuse of power” as “completely false and unfounded” – “An invention of the imagination” of the Democrats. “You are trying to prosecute me by falsely accusing me of doing something that Biden has already recognized,” he said, referring to the business of the former vice president in Ukraine.

On the accusation of obstruction to Congress, he has considered that it is an “absurd and dangerous” charge because “under that standard each American president could have been prosecuted several times.”

In addition, he has denounced that he has been deprived of the “constitutional right to due process”, arguing that he has not been allowed to refute the accusations. “There was more right to due process for the defendants in the Salem trials,” he said.


The House of Representatives, controlled by the Democrats, will vote on the statement of objections this Wednesday with two possible results: that the 'no' wins, with which the 'impeachment' will have been shipwrecked, or the 'yes' will win, after which a political trial will open against Trump in the Senate.

Trump has been sure at all times that, if the 'impeachment' reaches the Senate – which seems most likely – the upper house will exonerate him, given the Republican majority in it. “The Republican Party is more united than ever,” he emphasized.

In any case, he has trusted that “voters are wise” and will not let the Democrats go unpunished for their “open war against American democracy.” “No intelligent person believes what you are saying … They will hold you accountable in the next 2020 elections,” he said.