House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) are demanding President Donald Trump to prove that he is innocent in the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.
But their suggestion is contradictory to the U.S. criminal justice system, which is based on the presumption of innocence.
The presumption of innocence is the legal principle that one is considered innocent until proven guilty.
During an interview on CBS News, on Thursday, Nov. 14, Pelosi said, “If the president has something that is exculpatory, Mr. President, that means you have anything that shows your innocence, then he should make that known and that’s part of the inquiry. And so far, we haven’t seen that, but we welcome it. And that’s what an inquiry’s about.”
Pelosi then repeated that argument on Sunday in response to CBS News asking her, “Do you think you’ll go through all of this and not vote to impeach the President?”
“That remains—the facts, if the President has information that demonstrates his innocence in all of this, which we haven’t seen,” Pelosi responded. “His transcript of a phone call is tucked away in a highly sensitive, compartmentalized intelligence server so we can’t see that. If he has information that is exculpatory, that means ex, taking away, culpa, blame, then we look forward to seeing it.”
Schumer echoed House Speaker’s view to suggest President Trump to testify as part of the House’s 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, The Hill reported.
But House Democrats aren’t allowing any lawyers or witness from White House during the impeachment inquiry.
President Trump and Republicans repeatedly criticized the bias process of the Democrats.
“Corrupt politician Adam Schiff wants people from the White House to testify in his and Pelosi’s disgraceful Witch Hunt, yet he will not allow a White House lawyer, nor will he allow ANY of our requested witnesses,” Trump said.
“Nobody has ever had such horrible due process,” the president lamented. “There was no due process, and I think it’s considered a joke. All over Washington and all over the world, the Republicans are given no due process whatsoever. We’re not allowed to do anything. It’s a disgrace what’s happening, but you know what? The American public understands it.”
Judge Jeanine Pirro maintained this weekend that there is no basis for the Democrats probe against President Trump. “There has never been a case in the history of this great nation when the accused is supposed to prove his innocence when the prosecution can’t even prove his guilt,” said Pirro.
Referring to House Democrats, Pirro said, “They’re so stupid that every time a crime doesn’t fit, they move to another one. Now they are thinking bribery when quid pro quo didn’t stick, the only problem with that is that bribery infers a criminal intent. There is none,” explains Pirro.