President Donald Trump on Monday, Nov. 18, said in a tweet that he would give thought to a request by the Democratic Party to testify in the impeachment inquiry against him. At the same time, he slammed Democrats hard for focusing on removing him from office when there are more important things to do.
“The president could come right before the committee and talk,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said during an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday.
“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 said on Twitter after Pelosi’s invite.
But President Trump isn’t done with the Democrats.
“Our Crazy, Do Nothing (where’s USMCA, infrastructure, lower drug pricing & much more?) Speaker of the House, Nervous Nancy Pelosi, who is petrified by her Radical Left knowing she will soon be gone (they & Fake News Media are her BOSS), suggested on Sunday’s DEFACE THE NATION that I testify about the phony Impeachment Witch Hunt,” President Trump fumed in a Monday tweet.
The president’s statement comes as Democrats were delaying a vote on the U.S. Mexico Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) to focus on impeaching him, when Pelosi promised on Thursday that a vote from Democrats on USMCA was “imminent” but other House Democrats contradicted her statement and said a vote was “close” but not close enough.
USMCA is President Trump’s modernized trilateral trade deal that, if passed, would establish thousands of new jobs and give the United States duty-free access to Mexican and Canadian markets.
President Trump hammered Democrats for dedicating all their time and energy to impeachment at a Nov. 14 Louisiana rally, pointing out that “we did nothing wrong – and they’re doing nothing.”
The statement comes following House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif) accusation that the president had engaged in so-called “bribery” by “threatening to withhold military aid” in exchange for an “investigation into [former Vice President Joe Biden and Hunter Biden].”
Pelosi and Democratic lawmakers have changed their messaging from using the term “quid pro quo” to “bribery” since internal study results have found that the latter resonated more with voters from battleground states, and that “bribery” happens to be listed as an impeachable crime in the Constitution.
The US Constitution lists the grounds for impeachment as “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”
But Democratic lawmakers were unable to give evidence showing exactly how the president committed wrongdoing.
“First it was the Russia hoax — then it was the Mueller witch hunt,” President Trump said at the rally, referencing the former special counsel, to a booing crowd. “We’ve been going through this from before the election took place. A bunch of bad people, and then, one of the single greatest lies ever told by anybody in this government. … and now the absolutely crazed lunatics, the Democrats, the radical left, and their media partners standing right back there, are pushing the deranged impeachment witch hunt, for doing nothing wrong.”
On the other hand, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) believes that the president should not “[lower] himself to Adam Schiff’s level” to engage the Democrats and testify.
“I wouldn’t encourage the President at all,” Zeldin told Fox News during a Monday interview. “It would be a ‘heck no’ from me as far as whether or not he should testify.”
Zeldin also pointed out that President Trump “has nothing to hide” and shouldn’t bother with “this game Pelosi and [Sen. Chuck] Schumer are daring him to.”