Bringing Grievances to His Conservative Base, Trump Assails Impeachment Inquiry – The New York Times

But Mr. Trump has emerged, so far, as something of a one-man war room setting the tone for the White House’s rebuttal to a constitutional and political showdown that could reshape his presidency and his legacy.

On Saturday night, Mr. Trump did not attack former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., who is a central character in the House impeachment inquiry, which is investigating Mr. Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine’s president to come up with damaging information about the former vice president.

But he singled out Ms. Pelosi, as well as Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, a favorite progressive foil he likes to hold up as an avatar for her party. “Look at Omar, have you seen what she says?” Mr. Trump said, accusing her of harboring deep anti-Semitic sentiments. “She meant it much more so than even her words,” he said. He also accused Representative Adam B. Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, of “lying and cheating” and said he had instructed his lawyers to sue him as a public relations gambit.

“I told my lawyers, sue him anyway, even if we lose the American public will understand,” he said.

Mr. Trump reverted to the coarse language he has employed in arena rally settings, even as he spoke in front of a religious audience. “Other countries are looking at us like, what the hell is going on in the United States,” he said.

But he promised the audience that he would continue to defend religious liberty and that “we will win massive victories for family, faith — just like the victory we had in 2016.”


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