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Pelosi to Trump: You're Invited

Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer invite the president to stand up for himself
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 17, 2019 3:15 PM CST
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President Donald Trump pauses during an event on healthcare prices in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, in Washington.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
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(Newser) – Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi invited President Donald Trump to testify in front of investigators in the House impeachment inquiry ahead of a week that will see several key witnesses appear publicly, the AP reports. Pushing back against accusations from the president that the process has been stacked against him, Pelosi said Trump is welcome to appear or answer questions in writing, if he chooses. "If he has information that is exculpatory, that means ex, taking away, culpable, blame, then we look forward to seeing it," she said in an interview that aired Sunday on CBS' Face the Nation. Trump "could come right before the committee and talk, speak all the truth that he wants if he wants," she said. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer echoed that suggestion.

"If Donald Trump doesn't agree with what he's hearing, doesn't like what he's hearing, he shouldn't tweet. He should come to the committee and testify under oath. And he should allow all those around him to come to the committee and testify under oath," Schumer told reporters. He said the White House’s insistence on blocking witnesses from cooperating begs the question: "What is he hiding?" The comments come as the House Intelligence Committee prepares for a second week of public hearings, including with the man who is arguably the most important witness. Gordon Sondland, Trump's ambassador to the EU, is the only person interviewed to date who had conversations directly with the president about his apparent plan to pressure Ukraine into investigating Joe and Hunter Biden.

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