President Donald Trump said Monday that he is “strongly” considering testifying at the impeachment hearing due to comments from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who said that the president is more than welcome to present his case personally before the House Intelligence Committee.
“Our Crazy, Do Nothing (where’s USMCA, infrastructure, lower drug pricing & much more?) Speaker of the House, Nervous Nancy Pelosi, who is petrified by her Radical Left knowing she will soon be gone (they & Fake News Media are her BOSS), suggested on Sunday’s DEFACE THE NATION that I testify about the phony Impeachment Witch Hunt,” Trump posted on his social media account. “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!”
Pelosi told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that Trump is welcome to “come right before the committee and talk, speak all the truth that he wants, if he wants to take the oath of office, or he could do it in writing.”
“He has every opportunity to present his case,” Pelosi said, also saying that if Trump “has information that is exculpatory, that means ex, taking away, culpable, blame, then we look forward to seeing it.”
Pelosi called the president’s efforts at having Ukraine investigate the Bidens’ for their blatant corruption and his claims of a conspiracy theory in the 2016 presidential election absurd and said his conduct “was so much worse than even what Richard Nixon did. At some point, Richard Nixon cared about the country enough to recognize that this could not continue,” she said.
Requests from the public for Trump to testify before the committee have become more prevalent recently. In addition, after Trump’s social media posts and comments during the public impeachment hearings on Wednesday, Rep. Jim Jordan, (R-OH) said investigators need to have “the person who started” the probe – the first whistleblower – testify. In response, Rep. Peter Welch, (D-VT) replied, “I’d like to see the person who started it come testify. President Trump is welcome to take a seat right there.”
When asked by Fox News on Monday, one of the president’s main allies during the impeachment hearings, Rep. Lee Zeldin, (R-NY), said his advice to the president about testifying before the committees would be “heck no.”
Trump criticized the idea that the whistleblower could provide written answers to Congress instead of appearing to testify. The president said this was “not acceptable.” It seems like the president is attempting to give the Democrats a bit of what they have been dishing out to him for the past few years. When Trump offered to supply former special counsel Robert Mueller with written testimony to answer a series of questions about the Russian electoral interference, Mueller said the written testimony was “inadequate.”