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 StewartGOP lawmaker offering bill protecting LGBTQ rights with religious exemptions House GOP wants Senate Republicans to do more on impeachment How House Republicans have stayed unified on impeachment MORE (R-Utah) said on Sunday that Democrats are "giddy over" the impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he will 'temporarily hold off' on declaring Mexican drug cartels as terror organization House Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Artist behind gold toilet offered to Trump sells banana duct-taped to a wall for 0,000 MORE.  

Stewart, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, was responding to Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsPelosi faces tough choices on impeachment managers Impeachment inquiry enters critical new phase Lawmakers turn attention to potential witnesses at Judiciary impeachment hearings 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) WallaceImpeachment puts spotlight on Georgia Republican eyeing Senate Fox's Cavuto reads mean letters urging him to stay away after Trump criticism Trump gives shoutout to Doug Collins ahead of next phase of impeachment hearings 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 BidenHouse Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Democratic strategist: 'Medicare for All' exposes generational gap within party Yang expands campaign with senior hires for digital operations 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.