Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway told reporters on Monday, Dec. 2, that if Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) testifies as part of the Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearings, she will represent the White House.
Conway slammed House Democrats and said Schiff, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, is a “fact witness” and should be required to testify before the Judiciary Committee.
“They have to be more definitive about what we’re doing—what they’re doing—and they’re not definitive,” Conway said. “First it’s Judiciary Committee, then it goes over to Intel, now it’s back to Judiciary.”
“Is Adam Schiff going to testify?” Conway asked. “Because he’s a fact witness. That would be great. I’ll tell you what, if Adam Schiff testifies, I’ll show up on behalf of the White House.”
Kellyanne Conway tells reporters Adam Schiff is a fact witness :
“I’ll tell you what, if Adam Schiff testifies, I’ll show up on behalf of the White House.” pic.twitter.com/e93qDvGPBu
— Zach Purser Brown (@zachjourno) December 2, 2019
House Republicans have called on Schiff to testify because of his office’s early contact with the whistleblower that gave Democrats advance warning of accusations and triggered the impeachment inquiry.
While his staff admitted the whistleblower had reached out to them before filling a complaint about President Trump’s misconduct, Schiff declined that he knew the identity of the whistleblower. The whistleblower, in his turn did not disclose contact with Schiff’s office to the Intelligence Committee inspector general.
After closed-door depositions and public hearings, members of the House Intelligence Committee will vote on Tuesday to adopt the panel’s report of impeachment inquiry before handing it over to the Judiciary Committee, which will hold its first hearing on Wednesday.
“Tellingly, the Minority dismisses this as just part of the President’s ‘outside the beltway’ thinking. It is more accurately, outside the law and Constitution, and a violation of his oath of office,” Schiff said of House Republicans who made their own report on the matter, saying there was no evidence to support Democrat allegations against the president.
Conway’s comments came days after the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerrold Nadler sent two letters to President Donald Trump, inviting him to participate in the panel’s hearing and impeachment proceedings. The White House on Sunday responded to Nadler, saying the president would not be participating in the Wednesday hearing because the process lacked “fundamental fairness.”
“I don’t even understand what they’re doing,” Conway said of House Democrats. “They haven’t told us everything about the witnesses. Do you know the name of the witnesses? I don’t know if they have it in a lock box or if Jerry Nadler is sitting on it… but we don’t know who they are.”