Center President Fred Fleitz joined Fox News’ Martha MacCallum on the eve of the first public hearings for the Ukraine impeachment inquiry.
Fleitz: ‘The American people expect a process that’s fair.’
With respect to the whistleblower, who is apparently not going to be called as a witness, Fleitz noted “the person who originated this whole matter, the first witness, has to testify.” He went on to question how the president can “defend himself against some very serious charges when the main person who made these accusations, who began them, isn’t even going to be called as a witness?”
In regards to a recent complaint filed to the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) that the whistleblower was using a GoFundMe page to solicit over a quarter-million dollars, Fleitz believes that it “raises real concerns about government employees who are not allowed to accept gifts.”
“This is a real ethical problem”
Fleitz cautions against the precedent that this GoFundMe page could set for future public servants.
“It’s the precedent that a federal employee could do this,” Fleitz said. “And what if this fund for the CIA officer had received donations from foreigners? What if the Russians submitted money to this fund?”
Switching gears to the hearings set to take place on Wednesday, Fleitz thinks “the Americans are going to see a process that they know is unfair, where the Republicans are not allowed to call witnesses without the permission of Adam Schiff. Where the President’s council is not allowed to question the witnesses.” He adds, “technically the Democrats are allowed to have an unfair process, the American people want a fair process, where anyone can have the chance to defend themselves.”
Fleitz concluded by commenting on an NBC report that John Bolton said President Trump was motivated by his own personal concerns when it came to some foreign policy. “I don’t agree with them. John Bolton has a history of speaking very carefully, we don’t know that he said these things,” Fleitz concluded.
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