Democrats will hurt their case for impeaching President Donald Trump if they continue with their "rush to judgment" in the case, including expecting testimony quickly from people like EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland, GOP strategist Karl Rove said Tuesday after the White House suddenly blocked Sondland's appearance at a House committee hearing.
"These people are supposed to meet with the counsel of the State Department," Rove, who served as deputy chief of staff under former President George W. Bush, told Fox News' "Fox and Friends."
"They're able to look at what they can say and what they can't say. This is ridiculous ... the rush to judgment is beyond me."
Sondland was given only a few days to prepare before his scheduled testimony before three House committees, said Rove, pointing out that there has always been tension between the executive and legislative branches of government, but now the push is to create "headlines and drama."
But during the impeachments of former Presidents Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon, there was a House vote to authorize a formal inquiry, not a decision by their opposing party.
"The Democrats are standing on a weak leg here," said Rove. "They will hurt themselves in a rush to judgment, a highly partisan investigation, and impeachment on the flimsiest of rationales they would never apply to another person."
Meanwhile, had Hillary Clinton been elected president, the same Democrats would not have wanted to remove her from office for hiring a British secret agent to ask Russians for dirt on Donald Trump, said Rove.
Instead, the Democrats are committing "stunts," rather than trying to work out the issue of Trump's conversation with the president of Ukraine, said Rove.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman "Adam Schiff is only concerned about one thing, which is how big a presence he has on cable TV, and what kind of hot dog he can look like," said Rove.
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