President Donald Trump on Monday, Nov. 18, said he will “strongly consider” giving written or in-person testimony in the House impeachment inquiry.
President Trump responded to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) suggestion on “Face the Nation” a day earlier in which she said the president is welcome to appear or answer questions in writing, if he chooses.
“If he has information that is exculpatory, that means ex, taking away, culpable, blame, then we look forward to seeing it,” she said in an interview that aired Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” Trump “could come right before the committee and talk, speak all the truth that he wants if he wants,” she said.
President Trump tweeted that he might be willing to offer written testimony: “She also said I could do it in writing. Even though I did nothing wrong, and don’t like giving credibility to this No Due Process Hoax, I like the idea & will, in order to get Congress focused again, strongly consider it!”
The president emphasized that he did nothing wrong, but he wants to get Congress focused again on bipartisan plans, such as: USMCA, infrastructure, lower drug pricing. …That’s why he may accept Pelosi’s suggestion.
….that I testify about the phony Impeachment Witch Hunt. She also said I could do it in writing. Even though I did nothing wrong, and don’t like giving credibility to this No Due Process Hoax, I like the idea & will, in order to get Congress focused again, strongly consider it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2019
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Trump “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 told reporters. He said the White House’s insistence on blocking witnesses from cooperating begs the question: “What is he hiding?”
While Pelosi and Schumer is demanding President Trump prove his innocence, it is contradictory to the U.S. criminal justice system, which is based on a presumption of innocence.
The presumption of innocence is the legal principle that one is considered innocent until proven guilty.
The White House summarized the two days of public impeachment hearings by a video showing Democrats have not any impeachable offense.