Trump, White House rip Democrats over impeachment articles

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Democratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' 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 NadlerMcConnell locks in schedule for start of impeachment trial Pelosi: Trump's impeachment 'cannot be erased' House to vote Wednesday on sending articles of impeachment to Senate 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 SchiffDems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial GOP threatens to weaponize impeachment witnesses amid standoff 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 PelosiRepublicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment Trump chooses high-profile but controversial legal team Trump: Impeachment timing intended to hurt Sanders 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 BidenSanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial Hillicon Valley: Biden calls for revoking tech legal shield | DHS chief 'fully expects' Russia to try to interfere in 2020 | Smaller companies testify against Big Tech 'monopoly power' Hill.TV's Krystal Ball on Sanders-Warren feud: 'Don't play to the pundits, play to voters' 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 GrishamHill.TV's Saagar Enjeti on impeachment: 'CNN can see through this nonsense' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Senate receives impeachment articles as trial opens Republicans criticize Pelosi for gifting pens used to sign impeachment articles 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.