Trump ‘will con­sider tes­ti­fy­ing at in­quiry’

PRES­I­DENT MULLS PELOSI OF­FER

Manchester Evening News - - WORLD -

PRES­I­DENT Don­ald Trump has hinted that he might be pre­pared to give ev­i­dence at the House im­peach­ment in­quiry fol­low­ing an in­vi­ta­tion to do so from the chamber’s Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Ms Pelosi is­sued the in­vi­ta­tion ahead of a week when sev­eral key wit­nesses are ex­pected to give ev­i­dence.

Mr Trump said in a tweet he “liked the idea” and would “strongly con­sider it”.

The pres­i­dent has of­ten com­plained that the process is stacked against him, prompt­ing Ms Pelosi to sug­gest the pres­i­dent should ap­pear or an­swer ques­tions in writ­ing, if he chooses.

Mr Trump “could come right be­fore the com­mit­tee and talk, speak all the truth”, she said. Yes­ter­day, Mr Trump tweeted he might be will­ing to of­fer writ­ten ev­i­dence, say­ing: “She also said I could do it in writ­ing. Even though I did noth­ing wrong, and don’t like giv­ing credibilit­y to this No Due Process Hoax, I like the idea & will, in or­der to get Congress fo­cused again, strongly con­sider it!”

The com­ments come as the House In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee pre­pares for a sec­ond week of hear­ings as part of its in­quiry, in­clud­ing Gor­don Sond­land, Mr Trump’s am­bas­sador to the EU.

Nancy Pelosi

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