By PoliZette Staff | October 8, 2019

In a defiant eight-page letter delivered to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and top Democratic leaders on Tuesday, the White House strongly detailed why it will not participate in the Dems’ “illegitimate and unconstitutional” impeachment inquiry — and said “the proceedings have run roughshod over congressional norms and the president’s due-process rights,” as Fox News and other outlets noted in a piece.

Trump administration officials called the letter, written by White House counsel Pat Cipollone and obtained by Fox News, “perhaps the most historic letter the White House has sent.”

The letter may lead to a collision course up ahead with congressional Democrats, who have sent out a flurry of subpoenas in recent days.

They claim President Donald Trump sought to get Ukraine — during a controversial July 25 phone call with the president of Ukraine that has been widely debated — to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

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“President Trump and his administration reject your baseless, unconstitutional efforts to overturn the democratic process,” the letter stated in no uncertain terms.

“Your unprecedented actions have left the president with no choice. In order to fulfill his duties to the American people, the Constitution, the Executive Branch, and all future occupants of the Office of the Presidency, President Trump and his administration cannot participate in your partisan and unconstitutional inquiry under these circumstances.”

The document finished with: “The president has a country to lead. The American people elected him to do this job, and he remains focused on fulfilling his promises to the American people.”

There has — at least as of now — been no formal vote in the House to open any impeachment inquiry against the president.

That process would require lawmakers to go on the record with their views of impeachment and also allow the White House to mount a proper defense.

The counsel’s letter noted that the press conference held by Pelosi last month was not sufficient to begin any such impeachment proceedings against Trump.

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This piece originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.

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