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Trump likens attempts to isolate him with “extrajudicial executions”

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — US President Donald Trump on Tuesday likened an investigation to isolate him with “extrajudicial executions”, using a racist-charged phrase dating back to America’s darkest days of slavery, as a key witness is expected to testify before lawmakers.

Trump has previously used the terms “persecution” and “harassment” to describe a campaign by Democrats against him, but his use of the phrase “extrajudicial executions” has set a precedent since he came to the White House.

“One day, if a Democrat wins the presidency and the Republicans get even a small majority in the House of Representatives, they can sack the president without any trial,” he wrote.

“All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here: it is extrajudicial execution. But we will win.”

“It’s a word that no president should use,” said Democratic Rep. James Clyburn, an African American. “I am from the south. I know the historical significance of this word. It is a word that can only be used with a lot of care,” he told CNN.

“I have thoroughly studied the history of the presidents. We have never seen a similar day,” he said, stressing that the other three presidents charged with indictments – Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton – have never made such an analogy.

Despite the administration’s decision not to cooperate with investigators, Democratic lawmakers are continuing their investigation to isolate Trump.

The US charge d’affaires in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, is due to testify in closed session on Tuesday.

Taylor could offer new elements to investigate issues if Trump uses US diplomacy for political ends, and whether he has pressed directly or economic blackmail to press his Ukrainian counterpart to try to tarnish the image of the Democratic front-runner Joe Biden.

– Embarrassing text messages –

The investigation will deal with embarrassing text messages to the US president that are now in the hands of Democratic investigators.

In a letter dated early September to the US ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sundland, Taylor is concerned about White House pressure on the Ukrainian presidency.

“I think it is crazy to stop military assistance and link it with assistance in the political campaign,” Taylor wrote.

In a development likely to anger the White House, CNN published a poll on Tuesday showing that 50 percent of Americans now support his removal (compared to 43 percent opposed), the highest support for isolation in the polls.

Trump, meanwhile, continues to mobilize Republicans to secure their support.

Trump wrote on Twitter that he had “95 percent support in the Republican Party. Thank you,” in a proactive move to deter any attempt to overthrow him.

Democrats have a majority in the House of Representatives and have enough deputies to vote on the impeachment proceedings.

Trump is counting on the Republican-dominated Senate to clear him if the House of Representatives votes to oust him.

The removal of the president in the Senate requires a two-thirds majority, meaning Democrats need to persuade Republicans to vote alongside them.

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