Kushner Opposes Impeachment Testimony Because It Would Make Trial Last Longer
White House senior adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner is against calling new witnesses in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial because it would extend the length of the proceedings, The Hill reported on Wednesday.
"I think it would be unfortunate because it’s just going to take more time,” Kushner said during an interview with "Fox & Friends." "The American people don’t want Congress focusing on this hoax that they’ve been putting on."
It is noteworthy that a recent Quinnipiac University poll showed that 75 percent of American voters would like to hear from new witnesses at the trial.
Republicans have been making a concerted effort to block new witness testimony, but Democrats insist that pertinent information remains missing if former National Security Adviser John Bolton and other potential witnesses are not subpoenaed.
If witnesses are allowed, Kushner said Republicans should be able to call individuals like former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, along with the anonymous whistleblower whose complaint sparked the impeachment inquiry last year.
"There’s a lot of dirty things that have been happening for a long time, and a witness phase will give the American people the opportunity to learn about that," Kushner said.
Asked about Bolton’s forthcoming book, "The Room Where It Happened," which made waves last week when The New York Times reported that Bolton’s story contradicts the president’s account of the Ukraine scheme, Kushner demurred.
"I have not seen the book. I don't know what's in it," Kushner said. "What I can say right now is the whole impeachment charade is just a big distraction."