Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that President Trump is more than welcome to appear before the Intelligence Committee and testify at the impeachment hearings.
Transcript via CBS’s Face The Nation:
MARGARET BRENNAN: –and then what? Does the President get, as he says, to confront his accuser or get due process?
REPRESENTATIVE NANCY PELOSI: What do you mean confront his accuser? Confront the whistleblower?
MARGARET BRENNAN: Presumably, that’s what he means.
REPRESENTATIVE NANCY PELOSI: Well, I will make sure he does not intimidate the whistleblower. So the President could come right before the committee and talk, speak all the truth that he wants if he wants to–
MARGARET BRENNAN: You don’t expect him to do that?
REPRESENTATIVE NANCY PELOSI: –if he wants to take the oath of office or he could do it in writing. He has every opportunity to present his case. But it’s really a sad thing. I mean, what the President did was so much worse than even what Richard Nixon did, that at some point Richard Nixon cared about the country enough to recognize that this could not continue. The Intelligence Committee is leading this part of the inquiry. There are other depositions that are being taken by more committees. So some of the depositions will continue and then what takes place in the intelligence public will continue for another week. I don’t know how much longer. I guess, it depends on how many more witnesses they have. That’s up to the committee. I don’t guide that. That’s up to the committee.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi invites Trump to testify at the impeachment hearings. pic.twitter.com/8q1s2kRThl
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) November 17, 2019
Pelosi made it clear that Trump is more than welcome to come up the street and give his side of the story. The President would perjure himself if he testified before Congress which would result in another article of impeachment, and potential criminal charges when he leaves office.
The “due process” argument is nonsense for Republicans, and Pelosi cut through it to dare Trump to testify. If Trump is so innocent, he could direct White House officials to cooperate with the investigation and testify, or even better, he could give his own testimony.
Trump could make the investigation go away. All he has to do is hold up his hand and swear to tell Congress the truth about his Ukraine shakedown.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason spent four years as a political columnist and the politics editor at 411mania.com, where he covered such issues as the Iraq War, warrantless wiretapping, and the daily workings of the American legislative process. Jason has also written for the Blogger News Network and saw his 2008 presidential election coverage quoted in over 300 newspapers worldwide. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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