Trump fired off a letter telling Pelosi and Schiff that he will not participate in their illegitimate and unconstitutional impeachment inquiry daring Pelosi to make it official and hold a formal vote.
But if she does she risks major defections from the moderates, who fear for their own future in 2020 and may not even get the vote passed.
“President Trump and his administration reject your baseless, unconstitutional efforts to overturn the democratic process,” the letter stated.
“Your unprecedented actions have left the president with no choice. In order to fulfill his duties to the American people, the Constitution, the Executive Branch, and all future occupants of the Office of the Presidency, President Trump and his administration cannot participate in your partisan and unconstitutional inquiry under these circumstances.”
“In the history of our nation, the House of Representatives has never attempted to launch an impeachment inquiry against the president without a majority of the House taking political accountability for that decision by voting to authorize such a dramatic constitutional step.”
“Without waiting to see what was actually said on the call, a press conference was held announcing an ‘impeachment inquiry’ based on falsehoods and misinformation about the call.”
“In any event, the American people understand that Chairman Schiff cannot covertly assist with the submission of a complaint, mislead the public about his involvement, read a counterfeit version of the call to the American people, and then pretend to sit in judgment as a neutral ‘investigator.'”
“Perhaps the best evidence that there was no wrongdoing on the call is the fact that, after the actual record of the call was released, Chairman Schiff chose to concoct a false version of the call and to read his made-up transcript to the American people at a public hearing.”
“The chairman’s action only further undermines the public’s confidence in the fairness of any inquiry before his committee.”
Trump accused House Democrats of “threats and intimidation against potential Executive Branch witnesses.”
“Current and former State Department officials are duty bound to protect the confidentiality interests of the Executive Branch, and the Office of Legal Counsel has also recognized that it is unconstitutional to exclude agency counsel from participating in congressional depositions.”
“The president has a country to lead. The American people elected him to do this job, and he remains focused on fulfilling his promises to the American people.”
Read the full letter here.