House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Tuesday that she believes President Donald Trump is “obstructing Congress from getting the facts,” according to The New York Post.
Pelosi made her comments to reporters in Seattle on the issue of Trump blocking a US diplomat from testifying before three House committees for their impeachment inquiry against him.
According to Pelosi, Trump’s actions constitute “an abuse of power” — and “that is one of the reasons that we have an impeachment inquiry” as relates to his interactions with Ukraine.
“I would love to send Ambassador Sondland, a really good man and great American, to testify, but unfortunately he would be testifying before a totally compromised kangaroo court, where Republican’s rights have been taken away, and true facts are not allowed out for the public to see,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning.
“Importantly, Ambassador Sondland’s tweet, which few report, stated, ‘I believe you are incorrect about President Trump’s intentions. The President has been crystal clear: no quid pro quo’s of any kind.’ That says it ALL!”
….to see. Importantly, Ambassador Sondland’s tweet, which few report, stated, “I believe you are incorrect about President Trump’s intentions. The President has been crystal clear: no quid pro quo’s of any kind.” That says it ALL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2019
Trump barred US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland from appearing before the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight committees, according to the Post.
“There will be a subpoena issued for him to come testify,” Pelosi said.
“Our Constitution, the genius of it, is a system of checks and balances that we would have three separate co-equal branches of the government that would have checks and balances on the other,” she told reporters.
“The president said Article 2 says, ‘I can do whatever I want.’ No, it doesn’t, Mr. President. So he’s snubbing his nose at the vision of our founders, his disloyalty to the Constitution is something we have to study.”
According to the Post, “Sondland’s appearance would have followed officials, including the former US special envoy for Ukraine, Kurt Volker, and Michael Atkinson, the inspector general of the US intelligence community.
“Former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch — whom Trump recalled in May before her term was up after his supporters questioned her loyalty — is scheduled to meet with the committees behind closed doors Friday.”
Written by Savannah Pointer.