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Congressman Luis Gutierrez

Representing the 4th District of Illinois

Gutiérrez: If Trump Wants To Testify Under Oath, Judiciary Committee Should Invite Him

June 9, 2017
Press Release
To Chairman Goodlatte: “I hope you will invite [President Trump] to testify in open session before the Judiciary Committee and give the Members of the Committee an opportunity to receive the President’s testimony.”

Washington, DC – In a letter this afternoon, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) called on Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte (R-VA) to invite the President of the United States to testify before the Committee.  Earlier today at a press conference, responding to a question related to fired FBI Director Comey’s testimony yesterday, President Trump offered to testify under oath.  He said he was “100%” willing when he was asked if he would testify to investigators of Former FBI Director Robert Mueller’s investigation at the Department of Justice.  But Rep. Gutiérrez, who, along with other Democrats on the Judiciary Committee, has been calling on the Chairman to get the Committee started on its own examination of the unfolding scandal and potential obstruction of justice, called on the Chairman to convene the Committee and give Members an opportunity “to receive the President’s testimony.” 

The letter reads in part:

It is the House Judiciary Committee that should be the venue for the President to defend himself against the serious allegations of official misconduct, including but not limited to apparent attempts at obstruction of justice in the removal of Mr. Comey in order to relieve the “pressure” the President was feeling from investigations related to his campaign’s ties to Russian meddling in America’s most recent presidential election.

Therefore, I believe it is incumbent on you as Chairman to immediately invite the President to testify.

A copy of the letter, which was also delivered to White House Counsel Don McGahn as a courtesy, is available here: PDF icon060917 Gutierrez to Goodelatte on Trump Testimony Invite.pdf

Rep. Gutiérrez is in his 13th term representing the Fourth District of Illinois.  He is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and is the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

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