The House impeachment inquiry involving President Donald Trump is “drowning out everything else that is happening in Washington,” Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., told Fox News on Friday.
Coons said that the vote in the House “signals the end of the private phase” of the hearings.
“This will now move to a public impeachment investigation,” he added, saying that there were be “due process protections for the president,” and “accountability for the public.”
Coons said, “This is very similar to how any civil or criminal trial is conducted in the United States. The grand jury initially investigates in private, then decides whether to proceed with an indictment. And if they do, the actual trial is held in public. That's the phase the House is now moving to.
“One of the things I find a little frustrating at times,” the senator added, “is that we continue to work in the Senate on the people's business taking up and moving bills, but frankly impeachment is drowning out everything else that is happening in Washington. I'm concerned at how divided it is.”
He later said that the House must maintain a “fair and open investigative process,” adding that “it's in the best interests of everyone in the country here for this to be conducted publicly and fairly. The partisan divide of the vote in the house yesterday suggests real skepticism about the possibility of that.”
When asked if he thinks the proceeds have been fair, Coons noted that “both Republicans and Democrats have been present in the questioning that's been conducted in the house so far. I do think it has been fair. I now think it will moving to being open to the public which will better ensure its fairness going forward.”
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