Trey Gowdy Predicts How Long the Senate Impeachment Trial Will Last
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During an interview with Fox News, former Republican congressman Trey Gowdy revealed just how long he things the Senate impeachment trial for President Trump will take.
“The transcript is the single best piece of evidence that the president has,” Gowdy said. “Who brought up Rudy Giuliani’s name? It wasn’t Donald Trump. It was Zelensky. This was the second call, not the first call. If President Trump were really hell-bent on ensuring that Ukraine investigate the Bidens, would he not have brought that up in the first telephone call he had with Zelensky? Why wait till the second?”
“Who brought up Bill Barr, and under what circumstances was Bill Barr’s name brought up?” Gowdy continued. “I think the transcript is the single best piece of evidence that the president has, laying aside the reality that there was no announcement of investigation, there was no investigation, and the aid was ultimately released. I don’t think the Democrats have a great case for conviction, but also would be hard-pressed to find five members of this jury that have not already made up their minds.”
“As far as the timing of this trial is concerned, Trey, they are estimates that it could be quick, it could last as long as six weeks,” Sandra Smith of Fox News said. “Where do you fall on that, and what is the length of time mean?”
“I mean God help us if it lasts six weeks,” Gowdy replied. “The investigation is over, so it’s Schiff’s job to present the case. If he’s going to present the case on the paper with the depositions, it shouldn’t take that long. I don’t need Adam to read the depositions to me; the jury can go read it themselves.”
“If they open it up to witnesses, and they want Bolton, and then there’s some Republicans that want four or five other witnesses, it could last six weeks,” he continued. “Sandra, I just have not met anyone whose opinion has changed during the pendency of this investigation. I can’t identify – maybe three open-minded jurors in the U.S. Senate. I just don’t, no matter how long it lasts, I don’t think it’s gonna change anyone’s mind in the Senate or among my fellow citizens. The shorter the better.”
Fox News co-host Bill Hemmer then jumped in an asked, “Did you want to give us a time frame for that?”
“I’m saying two weeks,” Gowdy stated. “If it goes six weeks, then they’re going to have to make some hard decisions on which witnesses are important enough to hear from and which ones, while they may have relevant evidence, we just don’t – I think in terms of a real trial.”
“Why would you ever not call a witness if that witness has relevant information?” Gowdy finished. “How do you pick which ones to call and which ones not to? You can never do that in a real trial. So, if we’re going to open this thing up anew to a brand new investigation, then call everybody, and God knows how long that’ll take.”
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