(CNSNews.com) – President Trump tweeted earlier this month that he would "strongly consider" providing testimony in the House impeachment inquiry, but on Tuesday, Trump's adviser Kellyanne Conway doused that notion:
“I would not tell the president to testify or provide written answers, since, on October 8, his own White House Counsel made very clear that we look at this as an unconstitutional, an ill-conceived, an illegal process from the beginning,” Conway told reporters on Tuesday.
She pointed to recent polls showing a “real deflation” in the public’s “appetite for impeaching and removing the president from office.”
“I can see why the Democrats would like others to testify, because their star witnesses did not provide the star power, and I think the answers they were looking for.”
President Trump tweeted on Tuesday that he would “actually like people to testify,” including former White House Counsel Don McGahn, former National Security Adviser John Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former Energy Secretary Rick Perry, and OMB Director/Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.
All of them have either refused congressional subpoenas to testify or are asking the courts to settle the question of whether they must appear.
In three tweets, Trump explained his reasoning:
The D.C. Wolves and Fake News Media are reading far too much into people being forced by Courts to testify before Congress. I am fighting for future Presidents and the Office of the President. Other than that, I would actually like people to testify. Don McGahn’s respected....
...lawyer has already stated that I did nothing wrong. John Bolton is a patriot and may know that I held back the money from Ukraine because it is considered a corrupt country, & I wanted to know why nearby European countries weren’t putting up money also. Likewise, I would....
...love to have Mike Pompeo, Rick Perry, Mick Mulvaney and many others testify about the phony Impeachment Hoax. It is a Democrat Scam that is going nowhere but, future Presidents should in no way be compromised. What has happened to me should never happen to another President!
Conway, in response to a reporter, said the White House is prepared for Democrats’ House impeachment proceedings to move to a Senate trial.
“That is obviously up to the House. I don't know what will be in the articles of impeachment, but we do know we have seen nothing through these hearings that would bring us any closer to high crimes and misdemeanors that justifies impeaching and removing a democratically-elected president from office.”
Conway, pointing to Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.), said it’s also possible that enough House Democrats will join Republicans in refusing to advance the impeachment case to the Senate.
“So I don't know, but there is a possibility that they don't get the votes,” she said.
“If it's a trial, though, we are ready for a trial and there will be real witnesses, real evidence, and this will--excuse me, this will be a process that most Americans find familiarity with. Whatever was going on the last couple of weeks is not a familiar process to people.”
Conway noted that “the burden is on the shoulders of those who want to impeach and remove a democratically elected president from office.”