Trump Tweets That He’s Open To Idea Of Written Testimony For Impeachment Inquiry
President Donald Trump, touching on a number of tropes and name-calling tactics he’s utilized in the past, responded to calls for him to testify personally in the impeachment inquiry in a curious way, saying he was actually open to the idea.
Per prior reporting from HillReporter.com, both Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke about Trump’s behavior online over the weekend, addressing complaints the president has made regarding the impeachment hearings so far.
Pelosi, speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” expressed that Trump could air his complaints publicly, and set the record straight from his point of view, in a very simple way.
“The president could come right before the committee and talk, speak all the truth that he wants if he wants…or he could do it in writing,” Pelosi said. “He has every opportunity to present his case.”
Schumer agreed, speaking at a news conference later in the day.
“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.
Trump appeared receptive to the idea, tweeting on Monday morning that he liked it — though he lodged several insults toward Pelosi while doing so, including making a false allegation that he wasn’t being given “due process” in the impeachment proceedings.
“…Speaker of the House, Nervous Nancy Pelosi, who is petrified by her Radical Left knowing she will soon be gone…suggested on Sunday’s DEFACE THE NATION that I testify about the phony Impeachment Witch Hunt,” Trump wrote. “She also said I could do it in writing.”
….that I testify about the phony Impeachment Witch Hunt. She also said I could do it in writing. Even though I did nothing wrong, and don’t like giving credibility to this No Due Process Hoax, I like the idea & will, in order to get Congress focused again, strongly consider it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2019
“Even though I did nothing wrong, and don’t like giving credibility to this No Due Process Hoax, I like the idea & will, in order to get Congress focused again, strongly consider it!” he added.
The president gave written answers in a sworn deposition to former special counsel Robert Mueller during the Russia investigation. Some allege that a number of Trump’s responses were revealed to have been lies, especially in light of the Roger Stone trial last week.
Rick Gates, a former deputy campaign chairman for Trump in 2016, testified in that trial that Trump was well-aware and even involved in discussions about potential Wikileaks revelations that would benefit him in that year’s presidential contest, Mother Jones reported.
Trump previously said the opposite in his written testimony, writing, “I do not recall discussing WikiLeaks with [Stone], nor do I recall being aware of Mr. Stone having discussed WikiLeaks with individuals associated with my campaign.”