Trump, Pelosi square off ahead of impeachment trial
President Donald Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi squared off Sunday ahead of his impeachment trial, as she said senators will “pay a price” for blocking new witnesses and he quickly retorted that she and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff should both testify.
Speaker Pelosi continued to insist that the Senate should allow testimony from new witnesses, including from former National Security Adviser John Bolton who has expressed his willingness to appear during the Senate trial.
This demand comes after weeks of describing the need to impeach the President as “extremely urgent,” rushing members to vote on two questionable articles before a court could decide on the eligibility of those same witnesses to testify before the House.
In an appearance on ABC News' “This Week.”, Speaker Pelosi stated “It's about a fair trial. They take an oath to ... have a fair trial and we think that would be with witnesses and documentation,” adding further “now the ball is in their court to either do that, or pay a price for not doing it.”
In a response on Twitter later, President Trump stated that both Speaker Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff should be asked to testify before the Senate during the impeachment trial, asking “Why did Nervous Nancy allow corrupt politician Shifty Schiff to lie before Congress?”
Why did Nervous Nancy allow corrupt politician Shifty Schiff to lie before Congress? He must be a Witness, and so should she!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2020
Also during her interview, in a barb that was sure to get under the President's skin, Pelosi quipped that the President will now be “impeached forever” and “for life.” (No word on whether or not the media will claim this is beneath the dignity of her office, a claim often leveled at the President.)
Trump responded directly to Pelosi's claim, tweeting: “Why should I have the stigma of Impeachment attached to my name when I did NOTHING wrong?”
Why should I have the stigma of Impeachment attached to my name when I did NOTHING wrong? Read the Transcripts! A totally partisan Hoax, never happened before. House Republicans voted 195-0, with three Dems voting with the Republicans. Very unfair to tens of millions of voters!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2020
Senator Lindsey Graham, in a weekend appearance on Fox News, dismissed Pelosi's demand for more witnesses and documentation, saying “if [the House] thought John Bolton was an important witness, they should have called him,” adding further “this trial will end in a matter of days, not weeks and [Trump] is going to be acquitted.”