Former Independent Counsel Ken Starr joined America’s Newsroom on Monday to talk about Democrat’s closed door hearings to investigate the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Democrats passed the impeachment rules resolution Thursday that gives House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff the power over impeachment proceedings into Donald Trump.
“One of the good things about courts is the public gets to come in. You clear security, you get to go in. It’s open to the public. What we’re dealing with here are questions about the legitimacy and appropriateness of this resolution passed last week that continues the process. At least this week it looks as if it’s going to continue for these to be closed door hearings. That’s the fundamental problem. The closed door nature of an impeachment inquiry is unprecedented, that’s undisputed. But I think it’s also quite wrong and it’s unfair to the American people. We need to see these witnesses,” said Starr.
Recent polling shows that 49% of Americans support impeachment. Starr then gave advice to Trump to stop arguing that the Ukraine phone call was “perfect.” He said that the administration should argue that the call does not rise to the level required for it to be an impeachable offense.
Starr said that the president “did nothing wrong” surrounding the Ukraine scandal and that they should question why Democrats got “way ahead” of a fair process.
“And, I think that is just historically wrong,” Starr added.
One of the major accusations in the Democrats case is over the Trump admin withholding military aid from Ukraine in exchange for the country helping to investigate the Biden family.
This comes after Congressman Adam Schiff threatened to charge President Trump with a new “impeachable offense” on Sunday.
Schiff threatened to add the new “impeachable offense” of obstruction of justice to the charges against President Trump.