Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hits back at Trump's calls to stop impeachment: 'The president is not a lawyer'

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  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg shut down President Donald Trump's attempts to discredit impeachment proceedings, saying on Monday that "the president is not a lawyer."
  • CNN reported that Ginsburg made the remark at an event in New York City where she was awarded the Berggruen Institute Prize for Philosophy and Culture.
  • On Wednesday, the House is expected to pass two articles of impeachment against Trump: abuse of his office, and obstruction of Congress.
  • In recent days, Trump has embarked on multiple Twitter tirades to defend himself against the charges and accuse House Democrats of subjecting him to a "witch hunt."
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg shut down President Donald Trump's attempts to discredit impeachment proceedings, saying on Monday that "the president is not a lawyer," CNN reported.

Ginsburg made the remark at an event in New York City where she was awarded the Berggruen Institute Prize for Philosophy and Culture.

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives is expected to pass two articles of impeachment against Trump: abuse of his office, and obstruction of Congress.

If the House votes by a simple majority to impeach Trump, the Senate will hold a trial, with Ginsberg's colleague Chief Justice John Roberts serving as the judge.

In recent days, Trump has embarked on multiple Twitter tirades to defend himself against the charges and accuse House Democrats of subjecting him to an unfair and illegitimate "witch hunt."

During an Oval Office meeting with the president of Paraguay on Friday, Trump described the impeachment process as a "witch hunt," a "sham," and a "hoax."

"It's a scam. It's something that shouldn't be allowed, and it's a very bad thing for our country," he said. "You're trivializing impeachment. And I tell you what, someday there will be a Democrat president and there will a Republican House, and I suspect they're going to remember it."

Trump also accused Democrats of cheapening the impeachment process at the NATO summit earlier this month in London. In a televised sit-down with French President Emmanuel Macron, Trump said a Republican Congress would impeach a Democratic president.

"Because somebody picked an orange out of a refrigerator and you don't like it, so let's go and impeach him," Trump said.

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