/N.Y. Democrat: Scandal ‘a matter of urgent national interest’

N.Y. Democrat: Scandal ‘a matter of urgent national interest’

Asked if he was concerned Trump would draw out the process by going to court, Jeffries responded “not at all.”

“As the speaker has indicated, we are going to proceed expeditiously because this is a matter of urgent national concern,” said Jeffries, the Democratic caucus chairman.

Failure to comply with the House subpoena for documents undermines a constitutionally mandated process and “could lead to a negative inference” for the information, documents and evidence Trump is “hiding,” Jeffries said.

Jeffries said that, despite partisan maneuvering around the impeachment inquiry, there is growing support for the proceedings across party lines among national security professionals.

“My colleagues on the other side of the aisle … they’re going to raise things about a cosmetic procedural vote,” he said. “They’re going to raise wild conspiracy theories because they do not want to defend the substance of the allegations and charges.”

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