Schumer calls on Trump to testify as part of impeachment inquiry

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump legal team offers brisk opening defense of president Impeachment has been a dud for Democrats Trump insults Democrats, calls on followers to watch Fox News ahead of impeachment trial MORE (D-N.Y.) is calling on President TrumpDonald John TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg MORE to testify as part of the House's impeachment inquiry in the wake of Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiClinton says Zuckerberg has 'authoritarian' views on misinformation Trump defense team signals focus on Schiff Trump legal team offers brisk opening defense of president MORE (D-Calif.) offering to let him speak with the panel. 
 
"Speaker Pelosi invited President Trump to come testify, and I think her invitation is correct. If Donald Trump doesn’t agree with what he’s hearing, doesn’t like what he’s hearing, he shouldn’t tweet. He should come to the committee and testify under oath, and he should allow all those around him to come to the committee and testify under oath," Schumer said on Sunday during a press conference in New York.

"When Donald Trump refuses to come to the committee, now that Speaker Pelosi has invited him, when he doesn’t let all the people around him come before the committee, you gotta to ask the question, what is he hiding? Why is he afraid to confront what these people have said?" he added. 
 
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Pelosi raised the issue of Trump testifying before the panel during an interview with CBS's "Face the Nation" that aired Sunday. 
 
“The president could come right before the committee and talk, speak all the truth that he wants if he wants to take the oath of office, or he could do it in writing,” she said. “He has every opportunity to present his case.”
 
The House is weeks into its investigation of whether Trump tied Ukraine aid to the country opening an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDes Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Sanders faces lingering questions about appeal to women voters George Conway: Witness missing from impeachment trial is Trump MORE and his son Hunter Biden. 
 
In a July phone call, Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to work with Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiDemocrats see Mulvaney as smoking gun witness at Trump trial Pompeo lashes out at 'shameful' NPR reporter Trump legal team launches impeachment defense MORE, his personal lawyer, to "look into" the Bidens, according to a rough transcript released by the White House. 
 
After weeks of closed-door depositions with current and former officials, the House held its first public impeachment inquiry hearings last week. They're expected to hold three days of public hearings this week. 
 
Trump and GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill have repeatedly lashed out at the inquiry, with the president blasting it as a "witch hunt." 
 
Asked about the first day of the public hearings during a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Trump replied, "Are you talking about the witch hunt?" 

"Is that what you mean? Is that what you’re talking about? I hear it’s a joke. I haven’t watched. I haven’t watched for one minute because I’ve been with the president, which is much more important, as far as I’m concerned," he added.