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 ScaliseLive updates on impeachment: Schiff fires warning at GOP over whistleblower Bottom Line Trump allies assail impeachment on process while House Democrats promise open hearings soon MORE (R-La.) said in an interview that aired Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Kavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation 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 EngelOvernight Defense: Protests at Trump's NYC Veterans Day speech | House Dems release Pentagon official's deposition transcript | Lawmakers ask Trump to rescind Erdogan invite Bipartisan House members call on Trump to rescind Erdoğan invitation House Democrats pull subpoena for ex-Trump national security official 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.