The Los Angeles Times editorial board on Tuesday tore into President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign: Trump and former vice president will have phone call about coronavirus Esper: Military personnel could help treat coronavirus patients 'if push comes to shove' Schumer calls for military official to act as medical equipment czar MORE's fiery letter to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSchumer calls for military official to act as medical equipment czar Overnight Health Care: Trump resists pressure for nationwide stay-at-home order | Trump open to speaking to Biden about virus response | Fauci gets security detail | Outbreak creates emergency in nursing homes McConnell: Pelosi trying to 'jam' Senate on fourth coronavirus relief bill MORE (D-Calif.) condemning the House's impeachment inquiry, saying the letter demonstrated that Trump is “a uniquely bad, dishonest president.”

In the editorial, the Times called the six-page letter released by the White House “a giant, overheated expression of grievance, a vitriolic attack backed mostly by half-truths, unsubstantiated assertions and whiny misrepresentations.”


“Trump is a uniquely bad, dishonest president, unsuited and unprepared for the vast responsibilities of the office he holds. But that is entirely separate from whether he should be impeached and removed from office. His failures as president are best addressed at the voting booth in November 2020,” the editorial stated.

The newspaper's editorial board wrote that Trump is correct about the gravity of impeachment as a process, saying it “should not be undertaken lightly” but that “the allegations against Trump were so serious that they could not be ignored.”

Trump’s letter objecting to the impeachment process accused Pelosi of cheapening “the importance of the very ugly word, impeachment” and compared the inquiry to the Salem witch trials.

The House is expected to pass two articles of impeachment in a party-line vote on Wednesday, accusing Trump of abuse of power in his dealings with Ukraine and obstruction of Congress. The issue would then go to the GOP-controlled Senate for trial.

“We hope the Senate will offer the president an opportunity to make a reasonable and full defense, and that it will compel the testimony of his senior aides,” the editorial stated. “We also hope, though we have little reason to expect, that partisanship will be kept to a minimum as Congress moves toward a resolution of this sorry episode in American history.”