nearvideo house impeachment manager Hakeem Jeffries on the case against President Trump
New York Congressman Hakeem Jeffries joins Chris Wallace for an exclusive interview on ‘Fox News Sunday.’
House impeachment manager Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-NY, says that if Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to follow the really wants to set the pattern, by the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton during the administration of President Trump ‘ s trial, he should allow the witness to other witnesses, such as former National security Advisor to John Bolton, during the procedure, the Tuesday to come.
McConnell and other Republicans used the precedent of the Clinton impeachment in the argument against the Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, when pressed for the approval of other witnesses before the trial started. In the Clinton case, the issue of witnesses was discussed, after both sides presented arguments, but Jeffries noted that this resulted in a number of important witnesses called.
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“There were three other witnesses, including Monica Lewinsky-who was in the middle of the impeachment in 1998 — who did not testify before the house procedure, however, was considered to be present, as it relates to what took place in the Senate,” Jeffries said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“If Senator McConnell says that we are going to follow the Clinton model, then let’s just follow the Clinton model.”
Earlier in the program, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S. C., warned that if Democrats witnesses to call, should, Republicans should be able to do the same, not to mention former Vice-President Joe Biden, whose son, Biden Hunter as a possible name the GOP could call.
Jeffries did not comment on this possibility to say other than, “Ultimately this is a decision that is 100 senators.”
The GOP’s main argument against the appeal, witnesses during the Senate trial is that this should have been done by the house. While a number of witnesses as Bolton were called in front of the house, she refused to testify, on the basis of instructions from the White house that led to a charge of obstruction of Congress against a President Trump.
Trump defended the move as a right in accordance with the principles of executive privilege. Rather than fully litigate the matter and let the courts decide whether executive privilege was appropriate, or that the witnesses should testify, the house Democrats, which are either withdrawn or not decided to issue subpoenas.
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Democrats have claimed that the decision not to litigate was based on the need to move quickly due to the urgency of the matter. Host Chris Wallace pressed Jeffries to this, noting that, despite the assertion that it was delayed an urgent matter, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi deliberately, after the indictment, delivered to the Senate elected by the house, in order to approve them.
Jeffries Pelosi defended the decision, claiming that “created the space for us to have a discussion about a fair process.” During the time between the approval of the articles of Association and their delivery to the Senate, Bolton and Rudy Giuliani associate, Lev Parnas stated that they would testify if a subpoena issued. Jeffries cites this as an example for developments, from Pelosi to delay the decision, the provision of the indictment as “the right thing to do.”
The urgency of the indictment was also a Problem, caused by the Jeffries and the other impeachment managers in a filing Saturday night submitted. They claimed that Trump his removal from office was absolutely necessary, calls the President the behavior “of the authors’ worst nightmare,” and that the evidence is “overwhelming” that he abused his power, through the withholding of military aid, the pressure in the Ukraine with the election of 2020.
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Adding to the Democrats’ case, found a legal opinion Thursday from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), that the Trump administration broke the law by withholding defense assistance to Ukraine. To find the White house in dispute.
The President denies any wrongdoing and is not on claims that he not exert pressure on Ukraine, citing, that he published the assistance without compensation.
Fox News’ Marisa Schultz contributed to this report.