Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) said that Congress needs to hear Trump testify under oath about obstruction of justice.
Trump called on to testify under oath
Transcript via CBS’s Face The Nation:
MARGARET BRENNAN: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has said though that to move forward with impeachment proceedings it needs to be bipartisan. You haven’t seen a single Republican come out and say that they would support an impeachment. So is this a closed matter for you? Do you personally think impeachment should be considered?
REPRESENTATIVE CEDRIC RICHMOND: I think it should. I think it’s the best way to get all of the facts out. I also believe that at some point we have to hear from this President whether he’s lying to us or not. We need to hear from him under oath. But, look, my sole focus right now is to make sure that he’s not the President next term. And what we do this term we need to, one, learn from the facts what Russia did, make sure that the President has not obstructed justice. But, more importantly, we need to make sure that he does not win re-election and that’s part of the reason why I’m here is because I’m supporting Vice President Joe Biden to beat him.
Video of Rep. Richmond:
Rep. Richmond is a lawyer by trade and said that he would be fine if Trump wasn’t impeached as long as he was defeated in 2020. As the evidence builds, it wouldn’t be surprising to hear calls grow for Trump to testify under oath. Since a congressional investigation is not a criminal proceeding, Trump can’t hide behind the office of the presidency.
Trump would try to fight a subpoena for his testimony, but Congress has the power to call him to testify. A president is not above or out of the reach of congressional oversight. Trump was able to hold off Mueller, but he wouldn’t be so fortunate against the House.
A serious push for Trump’s testimony could doom the president before the 2020 election. Democrats are pulling out all of the stops, and relentless in their pursuit of the truth that Trump is trying to hide.
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