Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has invited President Donald Trump to testify in front of investigators in the House impeachment inquiry ahead of a week that will see several key witnesses appear publicly.
The House launched an impeachment inquiry into Trump after a whistle blower from the CIA alleged Trump asked Ukraine’s government in a July phone call to investigate his political rival, Joe Biden, in exchange for $300m military aid, alleging a quid pro quo, an allegation Trump has vehemently denied.
Pushing back against accusations from the president that the process has been stacked against him, Pelosi said Trump is welcome to appear or answer questions in writing, if he chooses.
“If he has information that is exculpatory, that means ex, taking away, culpable, blame, then we look forward to seeing it,” she said in an interview that aired Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
Trump “could come right before the committee and talk, speak all the truth that he wants if he wants,” she said.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer also supported Pelosi, saying;
“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 told reporters.
He said the White House’s insistence on blocking witnesses from cooperating begs the question: “What is he hiding?”
In her CBS interview, Pelosi vowed to protect the whistleblower, whom Trump has said should be forced to come forward despite longstanding whistleblower protections.
“I will make sure he does not intimidate the whistleblower,” Pelosi said.