House nears impeachment as Trump decries ‘vicious crusade’

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LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — On the eve of almost-certain impeachment, President Donald Trump fired off a furious letter Tuesday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi denouncing the "vicious crusade" against him, while Democrats amassed the votes they needed and Republicans looked ahead, vowing to defend Trump at next month's Senate trial. Trump, who would be just the third U.S. president to be impeached, acknowledged he was powerless to stop Wednesday's vote. He appeared to intend his lengthy, accusatory message less for Pelosi than for the broad audience of citizens — including 2020 voters — watching history unfolding on Capitol Hill. He accused the Democrats of acting out of "Trump Derangement Syndrome," still smarting from their 2016 electi
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