As the House Judiciary Committee prepares to hold its first impeachment hearing on Wednesday, former independent counsel Ken Starr said the timing of the hearing is “outrageous” and “scandalous.”
Speaking to reporters in London, President Donald Trump told reporters that the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry is “very unpatriotic” and blasted them for scheduling impeachment hearings while he is out of the country.
Starr echoed Trump’s sentiment saying, “It’s scandalous that this process of impeachment is proceeding in a public way this week. It is — I think — outrageous, a great disservice to our country.”
Watch his comments below:
He continued to argue that the House could’ve held off on the hearings until Trump returned, noting that court proceedings are postponed or adjourned “all the bloody time.”
“We have continuances in trials all the bloody time, so why would you do this? It is such – Karl put it very well – a stick in the eye of the president. But I think it is a stick in the eye of the United States of America. This is a time to be patriotic, to wish our president well.”
He was critical of the choice of witnesses for the House Judiciary Committee’s first hearing, noting that the witnesses have already stated their views on the impeachment and will not be giving “dispassionate” testimony.
“They’re coming there to be scholars at the same time each has taken a public position on the impeachment of this president. So what we’re not going to have tomorrow is dispassionate constitutional analysis. That would be helpful to the process, helpful to the country. Instead, we’re going to have very politically engaged academics – three to one. Three in favor of impeachment and one not in favor, and I think that’s not good.”
The hearing will feature four constitutional scholars, three are expected to make a case for impeachment and one is expected to make the case that Trump’s actions are not impeachable.