President Trump Should Not Tweet But Testify, Democratic Lawmakers Say — Do They Have a Point?
The U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted on Monday that he might be willing to testify in the impeachment inquiry over his dealings with Ukraine even though ” I did not do anything wrong.”
President Trump called the impeachment inquiry ”No Due Process Hoax,” pointing out it has no credibility to him. However, he said he might consider testifying ”to get Congress focused again.”
In an interview with CBS’ ”Face the Nation” during the weekend, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi invited President Trump to testify and tell his truth in front of investigators.
She pointed out that the President is encouraged to come in person or answer the questions in writing, and explain whether he used foreign policy to try to get Ukraine to investigate his political opponent Joe Biden.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer echoed Pelosi’s words, highlighting that if President Trump disagrees with what he is hearing or does not like what he is hearing, he should not tweet but come to the committee and speak the truth under oath.
In Schumer’s view, the White House’s attitude in recent weeks raises the question of whether the President is hiding something as he has been trying to block witnesses from cooperating lately.
The public phase of hearings enters into a new phase this week when numerous officials will face questioning by Democratic House leaders seeking more information that could potentially link the President to the campaign against Ukraine.
Eight more witnesses will appear in Washington during the second week of the televised hearings. Among them is Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union. Sondland’s interactions with Donald Trump would be the main focus in the investigation, people familiar with the matter said.
The hearings could pave the way for the House to approve articles of impeachment and eventually to start a trial on whether to convict the President and remove him from the Oval Office. Republicans who control the Senate have not been enthusiastic about a potential impeachment.
At the center of the inquiry is a July 25 phone call in which our President asked his Ukrainian colleague Volodymyr Zelenskiy to open a corruption investigation into Hunter Biden and his father, the former Vice President Joe Biden.
According to an ABC News/Ipsos poll published Monday, seventy percent of the Americans opine that President Trump was wrong to put pressure on Ukraine to start a criminal investigation against his political rivals.
In addition to that, the survey also showed that 51 percent of the respondents think Trump should be impeached.
What do you think? Shall the President testify in front of the Democratic lawmakers?