Republicans and Democrats appearing on the Sunday morning political shows offered differing takes on who should testify during the next phase of the House’s impeachment inquiry as it shifts from the House Intelligence Committee to the Judiciary Committee.
Rep. Tom McClintockThomas (Tom) Milller McClintockSunday shows preview: Washington gears up for next round of impeachment hearings Several GOP House members call to continue to withhold international conservation grants until oversight measures implemented Overnight Energy: Trump administration issues plan to reverse limits on logging in Tongass National Forest| Democrats inch closer to issuing subpoenas for Interior, EPA records| Trump’s plan to boost ethanol miffs corn groups and the fossil fuel industry MORE (R-Calif.), a member of the Judiciary Committee, told ABC’s “This Week” that it would be to President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Intelligence Committee to review impeachment investigation report Monday Comedian Rosanne Barr to speak at Trumpettes’ Gala at Mar-A-Lago Israeli, Palestinian business leaders seek Trump boost for investment project MORE’s advantage to have an attorney representing him present at the hearing this week.
“That is his right, but I can also understand how he is upset at the illegitimate process that we saw unfold in the Intelligence Committee,” McClintock said, adding that he also believed witnesses the White House has ordered not to appear, including acting chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyLawmakers bypass embattled Mulvaney in spending talks Ex-GOP lawmaker: Former colleagues privately say they’re ‘disgusted and exhausted’ by Trump Trump announces restart to Taliban peace talks in surprise Afghanistan visit MORE and former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonEx-GOP lawmaker: Former colleagues privately say they’re ‘disgusted and exhausted’ by Trump Memo to Democrats: What’s the rush? Overnight Defense: Ex-Navy secretary slams Trump in new op-ed | Impeachment tests Pompeo’s ties with Trump | Mexican president rules out US ‘intervention’ against cartels MORE, could work to Trump’s advantage.
“Of course, he has to weigh that against the enormous, catastrophic damage that would do to the doctrine of executive privilege,” he added.
Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsSunday shows preview: Washington gears up for next round of impeachment hearings Hillicon Valley: FCC moves against Huawei, ZTE | Dem groups ask Google to reconsider ads policy | Bill introduced to increase data access during probes Lawmakers introduce bill to help police access digital evidence during investigations MORE (D-Fla.) said she held out hope Trump would participate in the hearings.
“I think our main focus right now is to have the president and his counsel, who you know have been given the same privileges as President Nixon and President Clinton had to participate and engage in this impeachment process,” Demings, a member of both committees, said on “This Week.”
Lawmakers announced last week that the Judiciary Committee would hold its first hearing Wednesday based on the report compiled by the Intelligence Committee, which wrapped up two weeks of public hearings in the impeachment inquiry. Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerGraham on House Judiciary’s impeachment plans: ‘Salem witches got a better deal’ Democrats vow court victories won’t slow impeachment timeline Maloney wins House Oversight gavel MORE (D-N.Y.) in a letter on Friday told Trump he has until Dec. 6 to let the committee know whether his counsel will participate in upcoming impeachment proceedings.
Judiciary Committee ranking member Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsSunday shows preview: Washington gears up for next round of impeachment hearings Judiciary Republican calls for panel to expand list of impeachment witnesses Georgia governor’s adviser hits back at Gaetz: ‘We don’t care what you think’ MORE (R-Ga.), meanwhile, said Intelligence Committee Chair Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHouse Intelligence Committee to review impeachment investigation report Monday Sunday shows preview: Washington gears up for next round of impeachment hearings Watergate line speaks volumes about weak impeachment case MORE (D-Calif.) was chief among the witnesses Republicans would like to call during the next phase of the inquiry.
“My first and foremost witness is Adam Schiff,” Collins said on “Fox News Sunday,” adding “If he chooses not to [testify], then I really have to question his veracity in what he’s putting in his report.”
Lawmakers were also pressed on public support for impeachment.
House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesSunday shows preview: Washington gears up for next round of impeachment hearings The Hill’s Morning Report – Wild Wednesday: Sondland testimony, Dem debate take center stage USMCA deal close, but not ‘imminent,’ Democrats say MORE (D-N.Y.), a Judiciary member, dismissed a poll showing declining support for impeachment, pointing to other polling indicating continued majority support as well as 70 percent of Americans believing Trump did something wrong.
“Our job is to follow the facts, apply the law, be guided by the U.S. constitution and present the truth to the American people no matter where it leads, because no one is above the law,” Jeffries told Fox’s Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceKennedy walks back comments on potential Ukraine interference: ‘I was wrong’ Democrats look to next steps in impeachment Swalwell on pace of impeachment: ‘There’s an urgency to make sure the election and the ballot box have integrity’ MORE. “That’s what we have been doing, that’s what we are doing, that’s what we’re going to continue to do moving forward.”
Rep. Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenSunday shows preview: Washington gears up for next round of impeachment hearings Top Democrat: Trump family separations ‘stained the legacy of our nation’ Hillicon Valley: TikTok faces lawmaker anger over China ties | FCC formally approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger | Silicon Valley lawmakers introduce tough privacy bill | AT&T in M settlement with FTC MORE (D-Calif.), the only House Democrat to have also worked on impeachment proceedings for former Presidents Nixon and Clinton, said the allegations against Trump are worse than Nixon’s.
“President Nixon’s misconduct related to trying to use the levers of government to hide the Watergate burglary to — his misconduct had to do with trying to throw the election. But at least it didn’t involve involving other foreign nations,” Lofgren said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“If you take a look at what the founding fathers were concerned about, it was the interference by foreign governments in our political system that was one of their gravest concerns. Nixon’s behavior didn’t fall into that range. So, in that way, this conduct is more serious,” she added.