President Trump on Tuesday accused Democrats of staging a ‘coup’ by launching an impeachment inquiry centered on his dealings with Ukraine.
Trump tweeted on Tuesday: ‘As I learn more and more each day, I am coming to the conclusion that what is taking place is not an impeachment, it is a COUP, intended to take away the Power of the People, their VOTE, their Freedoms, their Second Amendment, Religion, Military, Border Wall, and their God-given rights as a Citizen of The United States of America!’
The president has escalated his rhetoric on social media in recent days as the Democratic-led House of Representatives deals with more revelations involving the administration’s role in the Ukraine scandal.
On Monday, he suggested Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff was guilty of treason.
President Trump accused Democrats of staging a 'coup' with an impeachment inquiry into his dealings with Ukraine
But the Constitution is clear that treason is not the same as disloyalty.
And an agitated Trump was very publicly blurring the two as he tweeted against his critics and the House impeachment push.
Trump also suggested that any effort to oust him could lead to civil war, part of a weekend barrage of tweets that offered a window into his raw emotions.
Trump was anything but subtle in taking on Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a longtime nemesis.
‘Arrest for Treason?’ Trump tweeted of the California Democrat.
It was Trump’s latest objection to Schiff’s summation of a rough transcript in which the president on July 25 pressured Ukraine’s leader to investigate Joe Biden’s son.
A day earlier, Trump had groused: ‘I want Schiff questioned at the highest level for Fraud & Treason.’
Trump's administration pushed back hard Tuesday against the impeachment probe threatening his presidency, accusing Democrats of trying to bully US diplomats into testifying against the White House.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pressed to prevent or delay five former or current State Department staffers from testifying in the House investigation probing accusations that Trump abused his office by seeking dirt from Ukraine on a 2020 election rival.
In a fiery letter, Pompeo accused three Democratic House committee heads conducting the impeachment inquiry of 'an attempt to intimidate, bully and treat improperly the distinguished professionals of the Department of State.'
But Democrats accused the top US diplomat of 'stonewalling' the investigation and, according to media reports, scheduled interviews with at least two of the diplomats who both had direct involvement in the Ukraine matter.
US media said the State Department's inspector general, who is not under Pompeo's control, had asked for a meeting with key Congressional committees on Wednesday to discuss 'documents related to the State Department and Ukraine.'
It was the first major clash of the days-old impeachment probe, pointing to a dramatically mounting political and legal siege as Trump battles to save his presidency.
Trump faces the possibility of becoming only the third president ever impeached by Congress, which could lead to his going on trial in the Senate.
Democrats decided last week to seek impeachment after a whistleblower complaint, supported by a White