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White House counselor Kellyanne Conway stated that Martin Luther King Jr. would not have approved of Trump's impeachment - to press, with a straight face.

On Monday, Conway was asked about the president's plans to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day after noticing that the schedule that laid out the president's plans for Monday contained no references to him observing the holiday. 

"The president is preparing for Davos and agrees with many of the things that Dr. Martin Luther King stood for and agreed with for many years, including unity and equality," Conway began. "And he's not the one trying to tear the country apart through an impeachment process and a lack of substance that really is very shameful at this point." 

But Conway did not stop there:

"I've held my opinion on it for a very long time," she added. "[B]ut when you see the articles of impeachment they came out, I don't think it was within Dr. King's vision to have Americans dragged through a process where the president is not going to be removed from office, is not being charged with bribery, extortion, high crimes or misdemeanors, and I think that anybody who cares about 'and justice for all' on today or any day of the year will appreciate the fact that now the president now will have a full-throttle defense on the facts, and everybody should have that."

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both visited the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., and Trump also tweeted that it was "so appropriate" that "exactly three years ago today, Jan. 20, 2017, I was sworn into office." 

Trump's impeachment trial will formally begin on Tuesday.