Democrats are 'giddy over' impeachment inquiry, Republican says

Democrats are 'giddy over' impeachment inquiry, Republican says
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Rep. Chris StewartChristopher (Chris) Douglas StewartPentagon grapples with coronavirus outbreak Schiff says Democrats are negotiating to include more privacy protections in key surveillance bill Trump shakes up Justice Department, intelligence community MORE (R-Utah) said on Sunday that Democrats are "giddy over" the impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal Trump says he'll look into small business loan program restricting casinos MORE.  

Stewart, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, was responding to Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsBiden hosts potential VP pick Gretchen Whitmer on podcast Biden associates reach out to Holder about VP search Biden confirms he's considering Whitmer for VP MORE's (D-Fla.) comments in a preceding interview on "Fox News Sunday" that the inquiry has been "painful."

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"Oh, my gosh. These guys are giddy over this," Stewart told host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallacePublic health officials warn of grim days ahead: 'This next week is going to look bad' Whitmer: Lack of national coronavirus strategy 'creating a more porous situation' Bill Gates: Coronavirus numbers will likely plateau by month's end if we quarantine 'well enough' MORE. "They're not paining over this. And it's not been the last 10 days. It's been three years. Three years they've been trying to impeach this president."

"This has been a painful time, this past couple of weeks now," Demings, who also sits on the intelligence panel, said earlier. 

The GOP representative added later that the Democrats' attitude toward the inquiry is "terribly divisive for the American people." 

He also said the allegations of quid pro quo against the president are "just not true" and the leaks of partial texts and emails misrepresent quid pro quo.

"This is a great example of just the dishonesty on how this investigation is being run," he said.

"Eventually the transcript will show it's not true, but by then we'll have already done our damage," he added. "It's malicious for them to leak like this and to not do it fairly."

House Democrats launched an official impeachment inquiry into the president following reports that he encouraged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders exits, clearing Biden's path to nomination Former Clinton staffers invited to celebrate Sanders dropping out: report Sanders exit leaves deep disappointment on left MORE and his son. Last week, Trump said China should also look into the Bidens.

Democrats have asserted that Trump's request while withholding aid to Ukraine amounts to a quid pro quo.