Rep. Connolly says Democrats already have ‘smoking gun’ to impeach Trump , A Democrat who attended most of the closed-door depositions over the past month said that while the beginning of public hearings will be instructive for Americans, President Trump has already given Congress all the evidence it needs to impeach him.
The reconstructed partial transcript of Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “is the smoking gun,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., who has represented the Northern Virginia suburbs for the last decade. “It’s right in front of us,” Connolly said in an interview with Yahoo News.
He also announced that he has jumped into the contest to succeed Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., as the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee following the lawmaker’s recent death.
“I miss him terribly. It would be a great honor to succeed him,” Connolly said. “I am running right now. I’m speaking to a number of different parts of our caucus this week, and we’ll see where that takes us.”Connolly will not be part of the impeachment hearings on Wednesday because he is not on the House Intelligence Committee.
But his seat on Oversight allowed him to sit in on close to a dozen closed-door depositions that were conducted by three committees conducting the investigation under the leadership of Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif.
Republicans defending Trump have said that because nearly $400 million in assistance to Ukraine was released on Sept. 11, and Zelensky never made a public statement about investigating Hunter Biden,
Connolly said there is “zero chance” that the Senate, where Republicans have a 53-seat majority, will find Trump guilty of the charges brought against him in the House .