With his trial in the Senate just around the corner, President Donald Trump is continuing to publicly freak out over his impeachment. In so doing, he’s again putting a desperate disconnect from reality on full display. This Monday, he angrily shouted on Twitter that House Democrats’ proceedings against him were supposedly terribly unfair because, he claimed, they didn’t let the president’s side “have 1 witness, no lawyers or even ask questions.” None of that is true. In a Twitter post directly responding to the president, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) indicated how investigators tried to even get more cooperation from the White House, but the president himself refused.
‘In the Clinton impeachment process, 66 witnesses were allowed to testify including 3 in the Senate trial, and 90,000 pages of documents were turned over. Trump was too afraid to let any of his top aides testify & covered up every single document. The Senate must #EndTheCoverUp’
In the Clinton impeachment process, 66 witnesses were allowed to testify including 3 in the Senate trial, and 90,000 pages of documents were turned over.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 13, 2020
Even without the additional witnesses and documents that Democrats have sought but the president has blocked, Republicans have already publicly heard from some of their requested witnesses, and, in every hearing, they got to ask questions too. On top of that, the president’s team was invited to the public House Judiciary Committee hearings about impeachment following the House Intelligence Committee’s fact-finding hearings, but the White House refused to show up. Trump’s characterization of the situation is brazenly wrong.
Some of the additional witnesses that Democrats have been after include White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and former Trump national security adviser John Bolton, both of whom have firsthand perspectives about the president’s plot to get Ukraine to investigate his domestic political opponents. Bolton has already said that he’ll testify if the Senate subpoenas him, but it’s unclear what the actual next steps in the Senate will be. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wants to delay even considering whether or not to hear from witnesses until after opening arguments and additional questions from Senators.
Check out Twitter’s response to Pelosi…