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 TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president MORE.  

Stewart, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, was responding to Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsThe Hill's Morning Report - Dems to lay out impeachment case to senators next week Seven things to know about the Trump trial House delivers impeachment articles to Senate 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) WallaceChris Wallace: Pelosi plan to force 'McConnell to bow to her will' was a 'total failure' The Hill's Morning Report - Impeachment week Administration officials defend Trump claims, Soleimani intelligence as senators push back on briefing 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 BidenLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Ex-Obama official on Sanders-Warren feud: 'I don't think it played out well for either of them' Parnas says he doesn't think that Joe Biden did anything wrong regarding Ukraine 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.