The top two Democrats, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) have invited President Donald Trump to testify at the impeachment inquiry.
Pelosi and Schumer invite Trump to testify at impeachment inquiry
During an interview that aired yesterday, Nancy Pelosi said President Trump can “speak all the truth that he wants if he wants” and testify at the impeachment inquiry this week.
“If he [Trump] has information that is exculpatory, that means ex, taking away, culpable, blame, then we look forward to seeing it,” Pelosi said during an interview on CBS’s Face the Nation.
Pelosi added that Trump “could come right before the committee and talk, speak all the truth that he wants if he wants.”
While speaking to reporters, Chuck Schumer echoed Pelosi’s statement, inviting Trump to appear at the hearings and testify.
“If Donald Trump doesn’t agree with what he’s hearing, doesn’t like what he’s hearing, he shouldn’t tweet,” Schumer said. “He should come to the committee and testify under oath. And he should allow all those around him to come to the committee and testify under oath.”
Impeachment hearings week two: 8 witnesses to testify
The House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry will begin its second week of public hearings starting on Tuesday.
Members of the House Intelligence Committee have scheduled eight additional witnesses to provide testimony over three days.
Scheduled to testify on Tuesday:
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the leading Ukraine specialist on the National Security Council.
Jennifer Williams, foreign service aide detailed to Vice President Mike Pence’s office.
Kurt Volker, former special envoy to Ukraine and one of three men assigned by President Trump to handle Ukraine policy.
Tim Morrison, former National Security Council aide.
Scheduled to testify on Wednesday:
Gordon Sondland, the United States ambassador to the European Union, and formerly a leading donor to the president’s inaugural committee.
Laura Cooper, deputy assistant secretary for the Defense Department.
David Hale, undersecretary of state for political affairs for the State Department.
Fiona Hill, formerly the leading Russia specialist for the National Security Council.
Impeachment hearings: What happens next?
It’s anticipated that this week will be the final week of public hearings, although House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has not provided a definitive statement.
Once testimony in the hearings has been completed, the Intelligence Committee, under the House resolution, are under direction to write a report that will detail its findings and recommendations.
Next, the Intelligence Committee report will be sent to the House Judiciary Committee, which is the panel holding primary jurisdiction in considering any articles of impeachment. The final report is required to be released to the public.
Most likely, the House Judiciary Committee will hold its own hearings to consider drafting articles of impeachment. The Judiciary Committee has established its own procedures.
They will allow the president and his counsel to attend any hearings, question witnesses, and respond to questions.
If any articles of impeachment are approved by the Judiciary Committee, such articles would then go to the full House of Representatives for a vote.