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Trump calls impeachment inquiry 'a lynching'

Trump calls impeachment inquiry 'a lynching'

US President Donald Trump has called the congressional impeachment investigation that may seek to remove him from office "a lynching".

In a tweet Mr Trump condemned the inquiry as "without due process or fairness or any legal rights".

Democrats may seek to impeach the Republican president by Christmas.

A racially loaded term in the US, lynching refers to historic extrajudicial executions by white mobs mainly against African Americans.

White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said: "The president has used many words, all types of language, to talk about the way the media has treated him."

He added: "The president wasn't trying to compare himself to the horrific history in this country at all."

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