As the House impeachment inquiry moves this week from the fact-gathering stage in the Intelligence Committee to considerations of law in the Judiciary Committee, House Republicans are beginning to preview how they intend to defend the president: knock the process as rushed, unfair and guided by anti-Trump fervor.
Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren is saying the House may not impeach President Trump.
Whichever course the president chooses will carry risks for both sides in historic proceedings that have so far broken down nearly exclusively along partisan lines.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing, calling the impeachment inquiry a "witch hunt". A typical scenario unfolded at a rally last week in Sunrise, Fla., when he basked in crowd chants of an expletive he used to characterize the House probe, and accused "radical Democrats" of trying to overturn the last election.
Chairman Adam Schiff had said the report will be released "soon" after the Thanksgiving holiday and now sources have told Politico the Committee will have 24 hours to view the documents from Monday then will vote to approve it Tuesday.
A recent Politico/Morning Consult poll, conducted in the days after the second week of witness testimonies before the House Intelligence Committee, found that half of US adults supported impeachment.
When asked who will testify Wednesday, Jeffries said, "That's a question best directed at Chairman Nadler".
"Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace asked Jeffries to respond to a poll that found support for impeachment dropped to 48 percent.
Representative Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat, said on CNN's "State of the Union" that impeachment of Trump was "not a forgone conclusion".
"We are certainly hoping the president, his counsel, will take advantage of that opportunity", Demings said. A botched bank robbery or an unsuccessful burglary are still crimes, she said.
Rep. Tom McClintock, appearing on the same program, said it would be "to the president's advantage" to have his lawyers take part in this week's Judiciary Committee proceedings. But the Elk Grove, Calif., Republican, who sits on the Judiciary Committee, added: "I can also understand how he is upset at the illegitimate process that we saw unfold" in Intelligence Committee hearings.
House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Fox News' Judge Jeanine Pirro on Saturday night to discuss the Democrats bogus impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump over his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
"As the evidence conclusively shows, President Trump conditioned official acts-a White House meeting desperately desired by the new Ukrainian president and critical US military assistance-on Ukraine announcing sham, politically-motivated investigations that would help President Trump's 2020 reelection campaign", Schiff wrote Monday.
President Trump met Ukrainian President and assistance flowed to Ukraine in September 2019.
"Schiff has put himself into that position", Collins said.
"First and foremost, the first person that needs to testify, is Adam Schiff", the Republican lawmaker said. Senate Republicans have shown little appetite for removing Trump.