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Politics Schumer calls on Trump to testify as part of impeachment inquiry

22:15  17 november  2019
22:15  17 november  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is calling on President Trump to testify as part of the House's impeachment inquiry in the wake of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) offering to let him speak "Speaker Pelosi invited President Trump to come testify , and I think her invitation is correct.

On Sunday, Trump blasted another witness in Congress' impeachment inquiry against him, saying Jennifer Williams, a foreign policy aide to Vice At a press conference in New York, Senator Schumer echoed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's call on Sunday for President Trump to directly make his case

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is calling on President Trump to testify as part of the House's impeachment inquiry in the wake of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) offering to let him speak with the panel.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Schumer calls on Trump to testify as part of impeachment inquiry© Greg Nash Schumer calls on Trump to testify as part of impeachment inquiry "Speaker Pelosi invited President Trump to come testify, and I think her invitation is correct. 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 on Sunday during a press conference in New York.

"When Donald Trump refuses to come to the committee, now that Speaker Pelosi has invited him, when he doesn't let all the people around him come before the committee, you gotta to ask the question: what is he hiding? Why is he afraid to confront what these people have said?" he added.

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Some lawmakers have called Trumps tweets about Yovanovitch witness intimidation. When asked if witness intimidation charges would be added to articles of impeachment , Schumer said he did not know if Trump 's tweets meet a legal standard. "That's a very serious legal charge. I didn't like what

Schumer proposes allowing up to eight hours of testimony per witness, and the minority leader is also calling for documents that “we believe will shed additional The House is on track to vote to impeach Trump on Wednesday, sending two articles of impeachment for abuse of power and obstruction of

Pelosi raised the issue of Trump testifying before the panel during an interview with CBS's "Face the Nation," which aired on Sunday.

"The president could come right before the committee and talk, speak all the truth that he wants if he wants -- if he wants to take the oath of office or he could do it in writing," she said. "He has every opportunity to present his case."

The House is weeks into its investigation on whether or not Trump tied Ukraine aid to the country opening up an investigation into former Vice President Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

Trump used a July phone call to ask President Volodymyr Zelensky to work with Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal lawyer, to "look into" the Bidens, according to a rough transcript released by the White House.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says President Trump should testify before the U.S. Congressional impeachment hearings instead of expressing his concerns on Twitter.

After weeks of closed-door depositions with current and former officials, the House held its first public impeachment inquiry hearings last week. They're expected to hold three days of public hearings this week.

Trump and GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill have repeatedly lashed out at the inquiry, with the president blasting it as a "witch hunt."

Asked about the first day of the public hearings during a meeting with Turkish President Erdogan, Trump replied: "are you talking about the witch hunt?"

"Is that what you mean? Is that what you're talking about? I hear it's a joke. I haven't watched. I haven't watched for one minute because I've been with the President, which is much more important, as far as I'm concerned," he added.

New testimony ties Trump more directly to Ukraine pressure campaign .
The acting ambassador to Ukraine described a phone call in which the president checked on the status of “the investigations.”William B. Taylor Jr., the acting ambassador to Ukraine, told lawmakers that the phone conversation between the president and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland in Kyiv was overheard by one of his aides. Afterward, Sondland told the aide that Trump cared more about investigations of former vice president Joe Biden than other issues in Ukraine, Taylor said.

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