President Donald Trump has mentioned he likes “the thought” of testifying within the impeachment inquiry in opposition to him.
In a tweet on Monday Mr Trump mentioned he would “strongly contemplate” the transfer after Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi prompt it over the weekend.
The Democrat-led inquiry is establishing whether or not Mr Trump withheld assist to Ukraine in return for an inquiry into ex-Vice President Joe Biden.
The Republican president has dismissed it as a “witch hunt”.
On Sunday, Ms Pelosi mentioned the president was welcome to “communicate all the reality that he needs if he needs” earlier than investigators.
“If he has data that’s exculpatory, meaning ex, taking away, culpable, blame, then we stay up for seeing it,” she informed the CBS Information programme Face the Nation.
In his tweets, Mr Trump attacked Ms Pelosi as “Our Loopy, Do Nothing” speaker, however mentioned he would contemplate testifying “with a purpose to get Congress centered once more”.
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….that I testify concerning the phony Impeachment Witch Hunt. She additionally mentioned I might do it in writing. Although I did nothing unsuitable, and don’t like giving credibility to this No Due Course of Hoax, I like the thought & will, with a purpose to get Congress centered once more, strongly contemplate it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2019
The president has lately confronted renewed criticism for his use of Twitter. Chuck Schumer, the Democratic chief within the Senate, informed reporters that if Mr Trump “does not like what he is listening to, he should not tweet”, however as a substitute “testify below oath”.
His feedback got here after Mr Trump tweeted assaults on a witness – Marie Yovanovitch, the previous US ambassador to Ukraine – whereas she was testifying to Congress on Friday.
Ms Yovanovitch mentioned it was “very intimidating”, which Mr Trump denied.
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Ms Yovanovitch was eliminated as ambassador to Kyiv in Might, two months earlier than a controversial telephone name between Mr Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, which is now key to the inquiry.
A tough transcript of the decision revealed that Mr Trump had urged President Zelensky to research unsubstantiated allegations in opposition to Mr Biden and his son Hunter, who sat on the board of a Ukrainian fuel firm.
Within the newest growth, state division official David Holmes informed investigators in closed door testimony on Saturday that he had overheard a US diplomat telling Mr Trump that Ukraine would perform investigations the president had requested for.