A former top official in the Justice Department is daring President Donald Trump to testify during the upcoming Senate impeachment proceedings.
Neal Katyal, who was acting solicitor general under then-President Barack Obama and author of the book Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump, said on Twitter that if Trump were innocent, he should be “clamoring” for a chance to clear his name.
“The fact that you don’t speaks volumes,” he wrote.
Katyal was replying to a tweet in which Trump slammed the proceedings as a “no evidence, no crime, read the transcripts, ‘no pressure’ Impeachment Hoax” and called for an “outright dismissal” instead of a trial.
Katyal said that’s not the behavior of an innocent person and that if Trump really believed he was innocent, he should testify to clear his name under oath before the Senate and not via Twitter. Katyal added a hashtag he’s used before for Trump: #SayItUnderOath:
On Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said dismissing impeachment ― as Trump and some Republicans are hoping for ― would amount to a cover-up.
“The senators who are thinking now about voting for witnesses or not, they will have to be accountable for not having a fair trial,” she warned on This Week.
She is expected to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate this week.
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