U.S. President Donald Trump has called the impeachment process initiated by Democrats a lynching, noting that “one day” Republicans will be able to do the same if the Democratic party takes over as head of state.
“And someday, if a Democrat becomes president and Republicans get a majority in the House of Representatives, even with a very small margin, they will be able to impeach the president without due process, objectivity and legal rights to do so. All Republicans should remember what they’re witnessing here – lynching. But we will win!” the American leader wrote on his official Twitter account.
Earlier, Democrats began impeachment proceedings against Trump, saying he was pressuring Ukraine’s leadership to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden (his likely opponent in the 2020 election) and his family for their own political purposes. Trump circulated a transcript of the conversation, which suggests that he did ask Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky to “explore” biden’s case. At the same time, Trump says that he did nothing illegal and only fulfilled his duty to fight corruption.
Currently, three U.S. House of Representatives committees are interviewing witnesses in the “Ukrainian case” and sending numerous subpoenas to members of the Trump administration demanding the necessary documents. Testimony in Congress has already given a number of key figures: former U.S. Special Envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Jovanovic, former Presidential Adviser on Russia and Ukraine Fiona Hill, U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland.
If a majority in the House of Representatives votes to impeach Trump, the case will go to the Senate. A vote will be held in the Senate at the end of the case. Two-thirds of the votes are required to remove the president from power. Republicans have a majority in the Senate and are unlikely to rule on impeachment of a one-party president.