The leader of the Democrats in the US Congress, Nancy Pelosi, said Sunday that she has “enough testimonies” to dismiss the president of the United States, Donald Trump, on the eve of a crucial week before the opening in the Senate of the trial politician to the president.
"We believe there are enough testimonies to dismiss the president," the California congresswoman told ABC.
Pelosi gave his approval on Friday to send the Trump indictment to the Senate next week, thus opening the way to an impending political trial.RELATED
The Democratic leader confirmed on Sunday that she will gather her co-religionists on Tuesday to set the calendar.
Republican Trump is the third president in the history of the United States who faces a political trial in Congress.
The Democratic opposition accuses the president of having incurred abuse of power by asking Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a possible rival of the president in the upcoming November elections.
The impeachment process has little chance of prospering in the Senate, since Republicans are the majority in the Upper House.
Trump has said he expects a quick exoneration.
"Why should I have the stigma of impeachment associated with my name when I did nothing wrong," the president tweeted Sunday. "Very unfair to tens of millions of voters!"
He also renewed a call for Democrat Adam Schiff, who led the political trial investigation of the House of Representatives, to be called as a witness, and to have Pelosi testify himself.
He later said the case should be dismissed without trial, since any hearing would give undue credibility to the "witch hunt" against him.
“We trust impeachment. And we believe there are enough testimonies to dismiss him, ”said Pelosi.
Republican lawmakers and Democrats face another important issue: the testimony of John Bolton, Trump's former National Security advisor.
Bolton says he is willing to testify at Trump's trial, on condition of being summoned by the Senate. But the president said Friday that he could prevent one of his former councilors from testifying before the Senate using his presidential powers.
(With information from AFP)