Trump knocks Pelosi ahead of new impeachment hearings: 'She's CRAZY!'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill MORE early Tuesday called Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiLawmakers outline proposals for virtual voting Mattis defends Pentagon IG removed by Trump Overnight Health Care: Trump calls report on hospital shortages 'another fake dossier' | Trump weighs freezing funding to WHO | NY sees another 731 deaths | States battle for supplies | McConnell, Schumer headed for clash MORE (D-Calif.) "crazy" and accused her of wanting to "change our voting system" after she called his dealings with Ukraine an abuse of power. 

"Nancy Pelosi just stated that 'it is dangerous to let the voters decide Trump's fate.' @FoxNews In other words, she thinks I’m going to win and doesn’t want to take a chance on letting the voters decide. Like Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenOvernight Energy: Iconic national parks close over coronavirus concerns | New EPA order limits telework post-pandemic | Lawmakers urge help for oil and gas workers Bipartisan lawmakers urge assistance for oil and gas workers Lawmakers shame ex-Wells Fargo directors for failing to reboot bank MORE, she wants to change our voting system," he claimed in an early morning tweet, referring to Pelosi and the Democratic congressman from Texas who has long supported impeachment. 

"Wow, she’s CRAZY!" Trump added.  

The Washington Post noted that Trump's quote appeared to be similar to comments by Fox News chief congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel. Emanuel said late Monday that “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi circulated a memo to Democrats tonight telling them it would be dangerous to let voters decide President Trump’s fate when it comes to the Ukraine investigation."

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Pelosi in a "Dear Colleague" letter to the Democratic caucus on Monday criticized the Republican argument that Trump's future should be determined by the 2020 election rather than impeachment. She argued that it is up to the House to investigate possible wrongdoing by the president. 

“The facts are uncontested: that the President abused his power for his own personal, political benefit, at the expense of our national security interests. The weak response to these hearings has been, ‘Let the election decide,’” she wrote.

“That dangerous position only adds to the urgency of our action, because the President is jeopardizing the integrity of the 2020 elections,” she added. 

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Pelosi's deputy chief of staff, Drew Hammill, reiterated the Speaker's point when asked about the Trump tweet. 

“As the Speaker said, the facts here are uncontested," Hammill said in a statement to The Hill. "President Trump asked the president of Ukraine to ‘do us a favor though’ pressuring the head of a foreign country to intervene in the 2020 elections.” 

Green also hit back at Trump in a tweet of his own, denying the president's assertions.

"Mr. President, @SpeakerPelosi isn’t crazy. We are not trying to change the voting system. We are defending the democracy from your corruption and coverups, bigotry and bribery," the lawmaker wrote. "You are unfit and you will be impeached."

Trump's tweet came ahead of another day of public impeachment hearings on Tuesday, in which Lt. Col. Alexander VindmanAlexander VindmanTrump takes heat for firing intel watchdog during pandemic America's diplomats deserve our respect White House withdraws nomination for Pentagon budget chief who questioned Ukraine aid hold MORE, a National Security Council (NSC) Ukraine specialist, and former special envoy to Kyiv Kurt VolkerKurt VolkerGOP senators request details on Hunter Biden's travel for probe Yovanovitch retires from State Department: reports Live coverage: Senators enter second day of questions in impeachment trial MORE are slated to testify. Tim Morrison, the senior director of European and Russian affairs at the NSC, and Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Pence, are also scheduled to testify.

Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry into Trump in September after revelations that he pressed for the country's president to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump shakes up WH communications team The Hill's Campaign Report: Wisconsin votes despite coronavirus pandemic The Intercept's Ryan Grim says Cuomo is winning over critics MORE, who is running for president. Trump has denied doing anything wrong. 

Updated at 11:49 a.m.