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Trump, White House rip Democrats over impeachment articles

President TrumpDonald TrumpChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report Kim says North Korea needs to be 'prepared' for 'confrontation' with US Ex-Colorado GOP chair accused of stealing more than 0K from pro-Trump PAC MORE lashed out House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry in a smattering of tweets Tuesday as his White House staff blasted Democrats for what they termed a “baseless and partisan attempt to undermine a sitting President.” 

The president, in a series of tweets, ripped the impeachment process as a “witch hunt” and took aim at two of the Democratic lawmakers who have led the proceedings that brought two articles of impeachment against Trump Tuesday.

Trump targeted House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerSenate on collision course over Trump DOJ subpoenas Black Democrats press leaders for reparations vote this month House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists MORE (D-N.Y.), pushing back on his comments at a Tuesday morning press conference that the president pressured Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 U.S. election.

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“Ridiculous, and he knows that is not true,” Trump tweeted, pointing to past comments from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky saying he did not feel pressured by Trump in a July 25 phone call.

Trump also revived his complaints about House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffCyber concerns dominate Biden-Putin summit Senate on collision course over Trump DOJ subpoenas Lawmakers urge Biden to be tough on cybersecurity during summit with Putin MORE (D-Calif.) exaggerating the president’s comments from the July 25 call in a hearing in September.

“Shifty Schiff, a totally corrupt politician, made up a horrible and fraudulent statement, read it to Congress, and said those words came from me,” Trump tweeted. “He got caught, was very embarrassed, yet nothing happened to him for committing this fraud. He’ll eventually have to answer for this!”

The flurry of tweets came shortly after Nadler, Schiff, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiYoung Turks founder on Democratic establishment: 'They lie nonstop' Hillicon Valley: Senate unanimously confirms Chris Inglis as first White House cyber czar | Scrutiny mounts on Microsoft's surveillance technology | Senators unveil bill to crack down on cyber criminals 'It's still a BFD': Democrats applaud ruling upholding ObamaCare MORE (D-Calif.) and other top Democrats unveiled articles of impeachment against Trump, accusing him of committing high crimes and misdemeanors.

Democrats accused Trump of abusing his office and obstructing Congress after conducting an investigation into his actions. The Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on the articles this week before they move to the full House for a vote.

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If the articles pass the House with a majority vote, Trump will become just the third president to be impeached.

At the center of the inquiry is a July 25 phone call during which Trump asked Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report OVERNIGHT ENERGY:  EPA announces new clean air advisors after firing Trump appointees |  Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior | Watchdog: Bureau of Land Management saw messaging failures, understaffing during pandemic Poll: Majority back blanket student loan forgiveness MORE and his son Hunter’s business dealings in Ukraine. 

Democrats have argued they have clear evidence Trump tried to use a White House meeting and security assistance to pressure Ukraine to launch the Biden investigation as well as one into a debunked theory about Ukraine’s involvement in the 2016 Democratic National Committee hack. 

Trump has maintained he did nothing wrong on the call, encouraging people to read the rough transcript of it that has been released by the White House. 

White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamKayleigh McEnany joins Fox News as co-host of 'Outnumbered' Melania Trump says she was 'disappointed and disheartened' watching Capitol riots Trump resignations gaining steam MORE accused House Democrats proceeding with the inquiry with a “pre-determined outcome,” claiming they sought to impeach Trump because they don’t believe they can beat him in the 2020 presidential election.

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“The Democrats’ use of a phone call with the president of Ukraine — with a transcript the President himself released — served as their excuse for this partisan, gratuitous, and pathetic attempt to overthrow the Trump Administration and the results of the 2016 election,” Grisham said. 

Grisham called the impeachment articles “baseless” and claimed they hurt the American people “who expect their elected officials to work on their behalf to strengthen our Nation.” She said Pelosi and other Democrats had forced “unfounded accusations down the throats of the American people.” 

“The President will address these false charges in the Senate and expects to be fully exonerated, because he did nothing wrong,” Grisham said.