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Trump campaign: Democrats pursuing impeachment because they don't have 'viable' 2020 candidate

Trump campaign: Democrats pursuing impeachment because they don't have 'viable' 2020 candidate

President Trump’s campaign on Tuesday knocked the House’s announcement of two articles of impeachment against Trump, continuing to describe the process as a political attack. 

“For months, Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWoman accused of trying to sell Pelosi laptop to Russians arrested Conspiracies? Let's investigate this one FBI investigating whether woman took Pelosi laptop, tried to sell it to Russians MORE said she wouldn’t move forward on impeachment because it was too divisive and it needed bipartisan support. Well, it is divisive and only the Democrats are pushing it, but she’s doing it anyway,” Trump campaign manager Brad ParscaleBrad ParscaleAides tried to get Trump to stop attacking McCain in hopes of clinching Arizona: report MORE said in a statement, shortly after House Democrats unveiled the articles of impeachment.

“Americans don’t agree with this rank partisanship, but Democrats are putting on this political theater because they don’t have a viable candidate for 2020 and they know it,” he added.

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Trump also called the process “sheer Political Madness!” in a Tuesday morning tweet.

“To Impeach a President who has proven through results, including producing perhaps the strongest economy in our country’s history, to have one of the most successful presidencies ever, and most importantly, who has done NOTHING wrong, is sheer Political Madness!” Trump tweeted.

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielGOP in bind over Trump as corporate donations freeze The Memo: Democrats scorn GOP warnings on impeachment Wave of companies cut off donations — much of it to GOP MORE similarly hit the Democrat’s decision, accusing them of trying to “overthrow a duly-elected president.” 

“[Speaker] Nancy Pelosi can invent whatever false charges she wants, but the American people see this for what it is: yet another partisan attempt to overthrow a duly-elected President and rob voters of the chance to re-elect him in 2020,” McDaniel said in a statement. 

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The charges brought by Democrats include claims that Trump abused the power of his office and that the obstructed Congress in the impeachment inquiry. 

Trump and many Republicans have long railed the process as a partisan attack aimed at undermining the 2016 election, but Democrats have defended it as necessary to protect a fair 2020 election. 

The allegations central to the articles of impeachment surround Trump’s communication with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Democrats allege that Trump refused to meet with Zelensky and threatened to withhold foreign aid unless the country announced an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenWoman accused of trying to sell Pelosi laptop to Russians arrested Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Trump moves to lift coronavirus travel restrictions on Europe, Brazil MORE, a top 2020 Democratic contender, and his son, Hunter, who worked on the board of the Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings.