Scalise: There were no 'high crimes and misdemeanors'

Scalise: There were no 'high crimes and misdemeanors'
© Greg Nash

House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseTop GOP lawmakers push back on need for special oversight committee for coronavirus aid Pelosi forms House committee to oversee coronavirus response Pelosi scrambles to secure quick passage of coronavirus aid MORE (R-La.) said in an interview that aired Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi eyes end of April to bring a fourth coronavirus relief bill to the floor NBA to contribute 1 million surgical masks to NY essential workers Private equity firm with ties to Kushner asks Trump administration to relax rules on loan program: report 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 EngelHillicon Valley: Facebook reports huge spike in usage during pandemic | Democrats push for mail-in voting funds in coronavirus stimulus | Trump delays deadline to acquire REAL ID Lawmakers urge EU to sanction Putin associate for election interference Democrats press Pompeo to help Americans stranded abroad amid coronavirus 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.