White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told reporters on Monday, Jan. 20, that Martin Luther King would oppose impeaching President Donald Trump.
“I’ve held my opinion on it for a very long time,” Conway told NBC News’s Geoff Bennett, “But when you see the articles of impeachment they came out, I don’t think it was Dr. King’s vision to have Americans dragged through a process where the president is not going to be removed from office, is not being charged with bribery, extortion, high crimes or misdemeanors.”
“And I think that anybody who cares about ‘and justice for all’ on today or any day of the year will appreciate the fact that now the president now will have a full-throttle defense on the facts, and everybody should have that,” she added.
I asked White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway how Trump is observing King Day. Conway said, “Well, I can tell you that the president is preparing for Davos” and she then linked Trump’s impeachment to the kinds of injustice that Dr. King fought against.
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) January 20, 2020
Conway’s comments came as the impeachment trial against President Trump in the Senate is set to begin on Tuesday, in which question of calling additional testimony would be a fiery debate.
In a separate interview with “America’s Newsroom” on Monday, Conway addressed the issue of witnesses, saying that Republicans would summon Hunter Biden to testify about possible corruption between him, his father—former Vice President Joe Biden, and the Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings.
“The fact that the Democrats want to go down the road of possible witnesses is what our grandmothers always told us: Be careful what you wish for,” Conway said. “Witness No. 1 would have to be Hunter Biden.”
The House voted last month to impeach President Trump on abuse of power and construction of Congress relating to his dealings with Ukraine. However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had been sitting on the articles of impeachment for a month in an effort to seek witnesses for the Senate trial, whose testimonies Democrats deem would bolster their accusation that President Trump forced Ukraine President to investigate the Bidens for political gains.
Pelosi finally signed the two articles last week to send them to the Senate as Democrats began losing their patience and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) showed no sign of concession.
“[The House] failed to make a case, and now they want the Senate to play cleanup. You know, for months, the Democrats had this show trial, this one-sided show trial, in basically a kangaroo court, not allowing us to present our own witnesses, to present our own evidence,” Conway said. “And now they want the Republican-controlled Senate to do their bidding for them.”