Democrats, frustrated with President Trump’s constant attacks on the impeachment inquiry online, have a simple message for him and his supporters: if he’s so upset with it, come talk to investigators directly.
The two highest-ranking Democrats in Congress have extended the invitation to him.
During an interview on “Face the Nation” over the weekend, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said that the president is more than welcome to come to the impeachment inquiry and tell his side of the story.
“The president could come right before the committee and talk, speak all the truth that he wants if he wants,” Pelosi said, per reporting from Mother Jones. When pressed by reporter Margaret Brennan that she couldn’t be serious — that Trump would never agree to do so — Pelosi offered other alternatives to the president.
“Or he could do it in writing. He has every opportunity to present his case,” Pelosi maintained.
.@SpeakerPelosi tells @margbrennan that @realDonaldTrump has “every opportunity to make his case” against being impeached. “It’s a sad thing,” she says of the president’s actions. https://t.co/E4kvNPowM0 pic.twitter.com/41q6GPl2OR
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) November 17, 2019
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer agreed with Pelosi’s assessments.
“I think the hearings have brought up many many troubling allegations. And this morning Speaker Pelosi invited President Trump to come testify, and I think her invitation is correct,” Schumer said at a news conference, CNN reported.
Schumer added that Trump should allow key witnesses his administration has blocked to testify as well. One of the biggest complaints from the administration — and from Trump personally — has been the fact that many of the individuals so far who have brought about complaints are so-called “secondhand” witnesses, the Washington Post has noted.
Schumer said if that’s the complaint the GOP and Trump want to make, then there’s a simple way to deal with it.
“If Donald Trump doesn’t agree with what he’s hearing, doesn’t like what he’s hearing, he shouldn’t tweet. 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,” Schumer said.