[guest post by Dana]
Nancy Pelosi tells President Trump to put his money where his mouth is:
Pushing back against accusations from the Republican president that the process has been stacked against him, Pelosi said Trump is welcome to appear or answer questions in writing, if he chooses.
“If he has information that is exculpatory, that means ex, taking away, culpable, blame, then we look forward to seeing it,” she said in an interview that aired Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” Trump “could come right before the committee and talk, speak all the truth that he wants if he wants,” she said.
This morning Trump responded with a decisive Hm, maybe I will…
(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)
Plenty of room to be upset at Pompeo here. He hired good people instead of hacks. Those good people are testifying instead of refusing to. They’re telling the truth instead of lying. I mean, they are all kinds of trouble.
The impeachment inquiry has created the first rift between President Donald Trump and the Cabinet member who has been his closest ally, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, according to four current and former senior administration officials.
Trump has fumed for weeks that Pompeo is responsible for hiring State Department officials whose congressional testimony threatens to bring down his presidency, the officials said. The president confronted Pompeo about the officials — and what he believed was a lackluster effort by the secretary of state to block their testimony — during lunch at the White House on Oct. 29, those familiar with the matter said.
Inside the White House, the view was that Trump “just felt like, ‘rein your people in,’” a senior administration official said.
Trump particularly blames Pompeo for tapping Ambassador Bill Taylor in June to be the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, the current and former senior administration officials said.
I’d say I feel sorry for you, Mr. Pompeo … if I did. But I don’t. You chose to work for him.
[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.]