Speaking to a gaggle of White House reportes on Monday morning, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway offered to testify at an impeachment hearing if House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff would do the same.
“I’ll tell you what, if Adam Schiff testifies, I’ll show up on behalf of the White House,” said Conway.
At WH, @KellyannePolls says House Judiciary needs to be more definitive about its hearing witnesses, but if @RepAdamSchiff testifies about the impeachment inquiry, she says she’ll show up on behalf of the White House. pic.twitter.com/NqIOYVrAlT
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) December 2, 2019
Numerous Republicans are demanding Rep. Adam Schiff testify over his contact with the “whistleblower” before the Inspector General report was filed. If Schiff has nothing to hide why wouldn’t he testify?
🚨 🚨IMPT question – when did Adam Schiff have access to the complaint or any related information? The letter to Schiff and Burr was dated August 12th. Did Schiff have ANY access earlier than Committee & if yes, why did he not immediately share this with his Committee? 🚨🚨
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) September 27, 2019
Last week House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler announced another round of impeachment inquiry hearings that will begin on Wednesday. In a letter Nadler invited the President and other White House officials to testify.
“The Committee intends this hearing to serve as an opportunity to discuss the historical and constitutional basic of impeachment, as well as the Framers’ intent and understanding of terms like ‘high crimes and misdemeanors.’ We expect to discuss the constitutional framework through which the House may analyze the evidence gathered in the present inquiry. We will also discuss whether your alleged actions warrant the House’s exercising its authority to adopt article of impeachment,” Nadler wrote in a letter to President Trump.
“If you would like to participate in the hearing, please provide the Committee with notice as soon as possible. But no later than by 6:00 pm on December 1, 2019. By that time, I ask that you also indicate who will act as your counsel for these proceedings,” he continued. “While we invite you to this hearing, we remind you that if you continue to refuse to make witnesses and documents available to the committee of jurisdiction…’the chair shall have the discretion to impose appropriate remedies.’”
The President and his team declined and before President Trump left for a NATO Summit in London he called the impeachment inquiry a “hoax.”
“The whole thing is a hoax. Everybody knows it. All you have to do is look at the words of the Ukrainian president that he just issued, and you know it’s a hoax. It’s an absolute disgrace what they’re doing to our country,” he said.
Written by December 2, 2019–