says Congress censure over Ukraine would be unacceptable

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By Steve Holland

LONDON, Dec 3 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald on Tuesday angrily denounced talk among some U.S. lawmakers of censuring him as an alternative to impeachment, saying he finds the concept unacceptable.

, in London for a NATO summit, held a lengthy question-and-answer session with reporters as he met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. repeatedly denounced the impeachment inquiry against him as a hoax driven by Democrats seeking to gain political advantage as he faces re-election next November.

Being censured by the U.S. Congress would amount to a severe condemnation without driving out of office over his attempts to pressure Ukraine into investigating Democratic rival Joe Biden.

The Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives currently aims to pass articles of impeachment against .

His case would then go to a trial in the U.S. Senate - but because the Senate is controlled by 's Republican Party, analysts doubt he would be convicted and removed from power.

Some lawmakers have proposed censure in recent days as a way to denounce without forcing him from office.

said he found the idea "unacceptable."

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"I did nothing wrong," he said. "You don’t censure somebody when they did nothing wrong."

also said he would be disappointed if a report by the Justice Department’s inspector general concludes that the FBI had enough information in July 2016 to justify launching an investigation into members of the presidential campaign.

wanted the investigation to take place in order to prove his assertion that his Democratic opponents were at the root of an FBI inquiry into whether his campaign had links to Russians.

The Washington Post reported on Monday that a appointee, Attorney General William Barr, disagreed with the findings of the inspector general, Michael Horowitz, which are to be released in a week.

said he had heard the report’s conclusions include a "lot of devastating things" for his opponents but added that, if it does not, "that will be a little disappointing." (Reporting By Steve Holland; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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