Republicans for the Rule of Law are going to be running an ad campaign on Fox News asking Trump why he won’t allow impeachment witnesses to testify.
Here is the video:
Republicans for the Rule of Law Executive Director Sarah Longwell said in a statement provided to PoliticusUSA:
The impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives have presented startling evidence that the President of the United States abused his power, strong-arming a foreign government to interfere on his behalf in the upcoming election, and damaging national security in the process. The president denies the allegations, but won’t let key administration officials — including Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, and White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney — testify to Congress.
If the president did nothing wrong, what does he have to hide? If they tell the truth, what is he afraid of? Most importantly, will Republicans in Congress allow the president to simply ignore their constitutionally mandated oversight role?
The media has tried to simplify impeachment into a black and white partisan issue, but there are Republicans in favor of impeachment.
The Republicans for the Rule of Law ask a great question. If Trump is innocent, why is he refusing to allow participation from impeachment witnesses who are working within his administration?
The answer is that if administration officials testified, impeachment support might become bipartisan. It is in Trump’s best interest to make impeachment as a partisan as possible, which is why he is in for a surprise when he turns on his favorite morning TV show next week and sees Republicans calling him out.