Donald Trump has gone to his South White House, Mar-a-Lago, for two weeks to celebrate the holidays, but he has not stopped talking to reporters and tweeting. He ended a video call. with U.S. Service members Tuesday. Then, he trashed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
Then, the president projected, telling reporters, according to The Decide Money site. She “hates the Republican Party.” Yet, but Trump thinks he is in a “very good position” to go to trial:
‘She hates the Republican Party. She hates all of the people that voted for me and the Republican Party and she’s desperate. She got thrown out as Speaker once before. I think it’s going to happen again. She’s doing a tremendous disservice to the country, and she’s not doing a great job. And some people think she doesn’t know what she’s doing.’
Pelosi made the decision to not send the articles of impeachment over to the Senate for a while. She said that she needed to know what sort of trial Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) planned before she could decide which attorneys to send in for the offense. A trial without witnesses and one with one are dramatically different and call for very different skills.
Trump spoke to the reporters who had traveled with him. They asked him whether he was worried about Pelosi keeping the articles in the House indefinitely:
‘We’re in a very good position. Ultimately that decision is going to be made by [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell, He has the right to do whatever he wants. He’s the head of the Senate. People remember they treated us very unfairly. Now they come to the Senate and they want everything.’
The House Judiciary Committee offered the president and the president’s attorneys the chance to be involved in the hearings. The White House said no:
‘We have a perfect case. They have no case. Now we have the majority and it’s up to Mitch McConnell. They want Mitch McConnell to do wonderful things for them. He’s going to do what he wants to do, very smart guy, very good guy, and a very fair guy. But they treated us very unfairly and they want fairness in the Senate.’
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) has urged McConnell to have witnesses in this trial of the century. That way acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney could testify about POTUS illegally holding the $391 million military aid assigned by Congress to Ukraine. Her Democrats have said that Trump used the money to try to force the president of Volodymyr Zelensky to dig up fictitious dirt on Trump’s highest-ranking competitor.
McConnell declines the invitation. On Tuesday, the president indicated he had not received due process or the opportunity to have legal representation during the House’s investigation. That was not true.
Trump blamed the House for holding “closed-door hearings in a basement.” He also accused the Democrats of leaking information about the secure hearings to benefit themselves. He was referring to a safe room location, which happened to be a security-scr room beneath Congress.
The House Intelligence Committee eventually held public hearings with witnesses who testified about the administration’s policy toward and illegal dealings in Ukraine. They came forward courageously risking their career and in some cases, their life.
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