Scalise: There were no 'high crimes and misdemeanors'

Scalise: There were no 'high crimes and misdemeanors'
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House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseRoy to challenge Stefanik for Cheney's old position Stefanik shake-up jump-starts early jockeying for committee posts Freedom Caucus Republican says Cheney was 'canceled' MORE (R-La.) said in an interview that aired Sunday that President TrumpDonald TrumpProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Cheney: Fox News has 'a particular obligation' to refute election fraud claims The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? MORE did not commit any "high crimes and misdemeanors.”

In an interview on ABC's "This Week" he also complained about a House resolution to formalize the impeachment investigation into President Trump that was passed mostly along party lines last week.

"The resolution they just passed, in a very partisan way, gives the chairman the full discretion to kick the president's legal counsel out of the room and to veto any witnesses that we would call," Scalise said.


“They didn’t accept any Republican amendments. They didn't negotiate with the White House on that resolution,” he added. “They don’t want fair rules, they just want to hurt President Trump's chances to win reelection."

"There are no high crimes and misdemeanors," Scalise continued. 

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelLawmakers on hot mic joke 'aisle hog' Engel absent from Biden address: 'He'd wait all day' Bowman to deliver progressive response to Biden's speech to Congress Liberal advocacy group stirs debate, discomfort with primary challenges MORE (D-N.Y.) had previously defended the probe on ABC's program, saying it was about the president's conduct. 

The constitution states that presidents can be removed for "for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors."

House Democrats are specifically looking into President Trump's dealings with Ukraine.