President Trump on Monday said he will “strongly consider” giving written or in-person testimony in the House impeachment inquiry.
Trump was responding to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) suggestion on “Face the Nation” Sunday that the president could “come right before the committee and talk … or he could do it in writing.”
“Even though I did nothing wrong, and don’t like giving credibility to this No Due Process Hoax, I like the idea & will, in order to get Congress focused again, strongly consider it!” Trump tweeted.
….that I testify about the phony Impeachment Witch Hunt. She also said I could do it in writing. Even though I did nothing wrong, and don’t like giving credibility to this No Due Process Hoax, I like the idea & will, in order to get Congress focused again, strongly consider it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2019
The White House has directed officials not to comply with the impeachment inquiry.
Trump previously said during former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation that he would sit for an interview, only to provide Mueller with written answers to several questions.
Trump’s attorneys argued at the time that an in-person interview could be a “perjury trap” for a president who often exaggerates or lies.
Trump has repeatedly attacked the impeachment inquiry and some of the witnesses who have made damaging allegations in the process. He has insisted that a rough transcript of the July 25 call shows it was “perfect.”
He has also smeared the impeachment proceedings as “rigged” and a “hoax” and complained that the White House has not received proper due process.
Asked about the latter assertion, Pelosi said Sunday that Trump would be welcome to make his case under oath.
“The president could come right before the committee and talk, speak all the truth that he wants if he wants to … take the oath of office or he could do it in writing,” Pelosi said. “He has every opportunity to present his case.”