House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's announcement that there is "no choice" but to move forward on impeachment shows that the process has been a "sham all along," but the White House is ready for a trial, Tony Sayegh, one of the White House advisors on impeachment, said Thursday.
"The speaker's announcement just confirms that," Sayegh told Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "She is not waiting for any more evidence or fact witnesses."
He also pointed out that the House Judiciary Committee has invited the White House to participate in the hearings, and that "we have until tomorrow to respond."
Pelosi's announcement, he added, should be "troubling to all Americans," as it is actually Pelosi, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler who abuse their power.
They "are willing to abuse their power given to them as the House by the Constitution to impeach the president, to have 230 members of their caucus tell 63 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 they made a mistake and their votes didn't matter," said Sayegh.
Meanwhile, Sayegh said he doesn't think Pelosi will bring impeachment to the House floor if she doesn't have the votes to pass it, and there are a "lot of sensible Democrats" in districts Trump won who won't vote to move forward.
"Remember, Jonathan Turley said you can't impeach someone because of presumptions, they need proof," said Sayegh. "They have failed to establish any evidence the president did anything wrong or impeachable."
Sayegh would not comment, however, on whether there have been discussions with Trump about his own willingness to testify.
"He knows he has done nothing wrong," said Sayegh. "Of course, he would want to testify, in his mind, but anybody knows that an attorney would kind of, maybe counsel their clients differently."
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