House Dem Says Transcripts of House Impeachment Depositions Will be Released Within 5 Days

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Posted: Nov 03, 2019 7:37 PM

On CBS' "Face the Nation," Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) told host Margaret Brennan that transcripts of depositions in the House impeachment probe should be released within five days. President Trump responded to the news on Twitter. 

(Transcript Via CBS News) 

MARGARET BRENNAN: Okay. You mentioned that there will be testimony made public in the coming days. I mean, well, how- how are we going to receive this? How many pages who's first out to be released because the accusation is of course that all of this is- is cherry picked.

REP. SPEIER: No I think you're going to see all of the transcripts that are going to be released probably within the next five days. I don't know if they're all going to be released on the same day. But they're going to be very telling to the American people. There's no question now whether there was a quid pro quo and now the question that the Republicans are trying to throw out is "well was there corrupt intent?" Well corrupt intent is defined in part by whether or not the president has lied and he has lied over and over again that there was no quid pro quo, there was no this for that, but there was this for that. He was withholding money from Ukraine. Here they are defending themselves against the Russians, holding as much as 400 million dollars waiting for them to come out publicly and say that they would investigate the Bidens and look into this phony server issue. So--

MARGARET BRENNAN: Right. 

REP. SPEIER: --it is the first time that we've seen this kind of abuse of power by a president and for personal gain and that's what is so remarkable about all of this.

After Rep. Speier announced the timeline for the release of the deposition transcripts, President Trump responded to the news on Twitter.

Rep. Scalise appeared on ABC's "This Week" with George Stephanopolous on Sunday, arguing the president actually had a legal obligation to discuss corruption during his phone conversation with President Zelensky. That conversation is now at the center of the whistleblower complaint.  

House Republicans have criticized House Democratic leadership over their handling of the impeachment inquiry. For weeks, Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to hold a formal vote in the House on an impeachment resolution that would have laid out procedures governing the impeachment inquiry and outline rules for Republicans on committees during the impeachment proceedings. 

Republicans and two Democrats voted against the impeachment resolution last week. Republicans argue the vote should have been held right from the beginning and complain that the resolution actually makes the impeachment process less democratic for Republicans and the president.