WASHINGTON     -      President Donald Trump in­j cted rac al ov rtones into the Hou e impea hm nt in­qui y T esday by compa ing the Democ atic led investig ­t on into h s hand ing of S o icy toward rai e to a “lynchin .” The highest- an ­ing Afr can Am rican in Co ­gress war ed Trump about making th comparis n.

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Und r pressu e ov r i ­peac ment, low ack o er his yri policy an other is sues, t e Republ can pres dent tw e ed Tuesd y:

“So ome day, f a Dem crat become Pr sid nt and the e­u lica s win t e Ho se, even by a t ny margin, they ca im peach t e resident w tho t due process or airness or ny l gal righ s. A l Re ubl cans must emem e hat they re it essi g here - a lynching But we w ll IN!”

Hous Majori y Whip Rep Jim Cl burn D-S.C., criti id d T ump’ w rd choice . “Th t s one wo d no pres dent ou ht t a ply to hi sel ,” Clyburn aid o CN aft r he p eside t’ weet was ea to h m. “T at is a wo d that e oug t to be very ve y caref l bout u in .”

Trump has a h bi of trying o p rtray hims l as the v c­im. Hi t eet cam a day after he las d critics o his deci­sion in e re s cin ded — t o sche ule a ajo int rn tio al eco omic su mit or 2020 at ne of his F or da olf p oper­t es. He amente at o e po nt dur ng r mark Mond y about “y u people wi h this pho y emol me ts cla se.”

The emol men s cl use is in he C nstitutio and an preside ts f om rece ving gifts o ayments from fo eign gove nmen s. A his leblow­er’s complain that rump w att mpting to se h is of fi e f o r er onal olitical gai dur ng a July 25 phone onv rsati n with krain ’s pre id nt l d H use Speaker Nancy Pelosi o open he imp achment inquir .

T ump insists h di noth­ing wr ng. e charact rizes the conversat on with U ra nian Pres den Volod myr elens­kiy s “perfec ” a d arg es tha s re-loser