Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., says there’s “no guarantee” President Donald Trump will be treated fairly once the impeachment inquiry goes before the House Judiciary Committee.
In an interview aired Sunday on ABC News’ “This Week,” the House Minority Whip pointed out that “both sides” were allowed to call witnesses during impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton.
But, he insisted, “there’s no guarantee” that Trump’s lawyers will be allowed to ask questions when the matter goes before the judiciary panel.
"The resolution they just passed, in a very partisan way, gives the chairman the full discretion to kick the president's legal counsel out of the room and to veto any witnesses that we would call," Scalise said.
“They didn’t accept any Republican amendments. They didn't negotiate with the White House on that resolution. They don’t want fair rules, they just want to hurt President Trump's chances to win reelection. It’s all about reversing the results of the 2016 election.
"There are no high crimes and misdemeanors," he declared.
Scalise also batted back accusations that Trump was asking Ukraine to investigate his political opponent, Joe Biden, saying "That's not what was happening on the phone call."
“The law requires… when they’re sending foreign aid to ensure that country is … taking steps to root out corruption,” Scalise said. “It wasn’t about a political opponent, it was about corruption.”
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