Trump says he takes 'zero' responsibility for expected impeachment

Trump says he takes 'zero' responsibility for expected impeachment
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpFauci says his meetings with Trump have 'dramatically decreased' McEnany criticizes DC mayor for not imposing earlier curfew amid protests Stopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest MORE on Tuesday said he takes "zero" responsibility for the fact that he is likely to be impeached by the Democratic-led House.

"No, I don’t take any. Zero, to put it mildly," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office during a meeting with the president of Guatemala.

"They took a perfect phone call that I had with the president of Ukraine, an absolutely perfect call — you know it, they all know it — nothing was said wrong on that call," he continued. "To impeach the president of the United States over that is a disgrace and it’s a mark on our country."


The House is set to vote Wednesday on two articles of impeachment against Trump: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Both are expected to pass in a party line vote, though a few Democrats may vote against the measures.

Democrats launched the impeachment inquiry in September, as the White House released a readout of Trump's July phone call with the Ukrainian president, which showed Trump asking the foreign leader to launch probes into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenStopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest Trump slams Biden staff for donating bail money to protesters At least 4,400 people arrested in connection with protests: report MORE and the 2016 election.

Trump, who has rarely in public shown regret or admitted a mistake, has maintained that his actions were appropriate while ripping the House impeachment inquiry. A few Republicans have said they will not vote to impeach Trump, but characterized his conduct as inappropriate or improper.

The White House on Tuesday released a blistering letter from Trump to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump tweets as tensions escalate across US Judd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Trump asserts his power over Republicans MORE (D-Calif.) in which the president accused Democrats of "subverting Democracy" with the impeachment process.

The scathing six-page correspondence in many ways echoed Trump's Twitter feed and public appearances since the inquiry began. He blasted Democrats over process, accused the party of pre-determining his impeachment and complained that "more due process was afforded to those accused in the Salem Witch Trials."

Updated at 3:05 p.m.