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Sen. Rick Scott: Impeachment Process "Continues To Be A Three-Ring Circus"

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Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) said President Donald Trump has been the only person that's been transparent in the impeachment process. In an interview with FNC's Neil Cavuto, Scott said Trump's call with the Ukrainian president did not result in any high crimes and misdemeanors and called the House Democratic-led impeachment inquiry a "three-ring circus."

"The Democrats, they have wanted to impeach him since the day he got elected," Scott said Tuesday on 'Your World' with host Neil Cavuto. "This is just the latest iteration. So, why would they do this behind closed doors? Why wouldn't they want -- why wouldn't they want to say exactly what they're doing? Why wouldn't they want to make sure the Republicans and the president has the opportunity to ask questions, make it easy?"





Scott said if impeachment does move to the Senate he would be a responsible juror and listen to all the facts presented and make a decision.

"If the Democrats are absolutely convinced this president did the wrong thing, then what in the living daylights are they doing this behind closed doors for? Put it out in the public, say, boy, this guy did the wrong thing, and here's what we can do to prove it," Scott said.

"If it gets to the Senate, I will be a responsible juror," the Senator said. "I will listen to all the facts presented by both sides and make a decision. But this idea that the Democrats are the only ones that get to put out the facts, when the only person that's been transparent so far is President Trump, is wrong."

Transcript, via FOX News:

NEIL CAVUTO, FOX NEWS ANCHOR:  Just to echo, again, what Chad was already saying, and the Democrats of the various powerful committees involved, including the Judiciary Committee, the Foreign Affairs Committee, the acting chair of the Oversight Committee, a joint statement saying to this effect, "The evidence we have already collected paints the picture of a president who abused his power by using multiple levels of government to press a foreign country to interfere in the 2020 election."
 
They were trying to get to the bottom of that today in an ongoing query with Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, a key player in the Ukraine situation, who voiced his concerns to superiors about what the president was pressing his counterpart in Ukraine to look into regarding Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. 
 
Let's go to Florida Republican Senator Rick Scott, what he makes of all of this.
 
Senator, it looks like this inquiry or process is leaving the House for a vote on Thursday.  The votes might be there, might not be, but it doesn't look like a single Republican vote. 
 
What do you make of that? 
 
SENATOR RICK SCOTT (R-FL):  Well, I think this continues to be a three-ring circus. 
 
I mean, if they believe, if they know exactly what they have accused President Trump doing, then they ought to write that up, and this is what we're doing.  We -- this is -- you know, we have an impeachment process for the president doing this. 
 
Now, let's remember, the only person that's been transparent in this is President Trump.  They said it was based on this telephone call to Ukraine.  Well, guess what?  He put the transcript out. 
 
Now, I have read the transcript.  That's the only thing we have -- we for sure know, is his transcript.  And as far as I could tell, I don't see high crimes and misdemeanors there. 
 
So -- but this is -- this is just -- this is what the Democrats have been doing.
 
CAVUTO:  But did anything in that call or transcript disturb you, Senator?
 
SCOTT:  No. 
 
CAVUTO:  OK. 
 
SCOTT:  I mean, I don't know -- I keep saying, tell me -- tell me what he violated. 
 
He's -- this is the only thing that he's been -- that's been transparent is this -- what he did.
 
The Democrats, they have wanted to impeach him since the day he got elected.  This is just the latest iteration.  So, why would they do this behind closed doors?  Why wouldn't they want -- why wouldn't they want to say exactly what they're doing?  Why wouldn't they want to make sure the Republicans and the president has the opportunity to ask questions, make it easy? 
 
I -- it's so -- it's all for one purpose.  They want a narrative that the president did something wrong.
 
If he did, say it.  This is what he did.  This is the law.  And, by the way, we're absolutely committed to going forward.
 
But they can't, because this is just -- this is just a fishing expedition so far. 
 
CAVUTO:  All right. 
 
So, when Vindman, serving in this role in the Ukraine, and he had a chance to listen in on the phone call between the president and the Ukrainian president, and he was disturbed enough to tell higher-ups about it, or the way it sounded, petitioning a president of another sovereign nation to essentially interfere or take a role in an upcoming presidential election, on that level alone, if it concerned a career diplomat like that, does it concern you? 
 
SCOTT:  What -- what I would expect is, his testimony should be public. 
 
We should have the -- you know, we -- and the Republicans ought to be able to ask him, so they get the details of exactly what he's saying, so we understand it. 
 
So, just -- just, you know, what -- what the Democrats would have put out, that's not -- how can I make -- how could I make a decision on that?  If it gets to the Senate, I'm going to take in all the evidence.  I'm going to be listening. 
 
I mean, I -- I believe everybody, including the president, needs to be held accountable.  But this is -- this is just a charade, what they're doing right now. 
 
Be transparent.  I mean, if you -- if the Democrats are absolutely convinced this president did the wrong thing, then what in the living daylights are they doing this behind closed doors for?  Put it out in the public, say, boy, this guy did the wrong thing, and here's what we can do to prove it. 
 
But they're not.
 
CAVUTO:  No, it's a fair argument.  It's a fair argument, Senator. 
 
But if it comes to light -- and this is where you do get disputing reports, mainly because it is behind closed doors.  So we don't know for sure what's been said behind those closed doors. 
 
But if there was a delay in military payments due to Ukraine as this was being decided -- or potentially decided by Ukrainian authorities, with this being dangled over their heads, if they didn't participate, that delay might not come, would that trouble you, if that proves to be the case?
 
SCOTT:  I'm -- I'm not going to get into conjecture. 
 
I want -- I want the facts.  They -- if he did something wrong, tell me exactly what he did wrong.  What was the law?  And give me all the information.
 
CAVUTO:  Is that wrong to you, Senator?  Is that wrong to you?  If aid was held up to a country waiting for participation or cooperation on this matter, would that bother you? 
 
(CROSSTALK)
 
SCOTT:  Neil, I -- I read the transcript.  That's not what I saw. 
 
And so I'm going to -- everybody wants to talk about this telephone call where there's a transcript.
 
CAVUTO:  Right.
 
SCOTT:  You -- we can all read it.
 
All this other stuff, the behind closed doors, I'm never going to comment on that, because I want all the facts.
 
CAVUTO:  All right, so Republicans who might get a second chance at this as this process is formalized, Senator, to question all the key players, including Mr. Vindman, would you say then that that is something you want to know unequivocally, that there was no, again --
 
SCOTT:  Absolutely.
 
CAVUTO:  -- quid pro quo, that there was no promise of aid delayed if there wasn't cooperation on the part of the government?
 
SCOTT:  Neil, I think we all would like to know what -- exactly what happened. 
 
And, if we do, then it would be -- it'll be easy to make a decision whether there was -- there was high crimes and misdemeanors.  That's -- let's remember, that's what the standard is here. 
 
So let's do it.  Let's get all it public.  I can -- I can -- if it gets to the Senate, I will be a responsible juror.  I will listen to all the facts presented by both sides and make a decision. 
 
But this idea that the Democrats are the only ones that get to put out the facts, when the only person that's been transparent so far is President Trump, is wrong. 
 
Be transparent. 
 
CAVUTO:  All right. 
 
SCOTT:  Let -- and let everybody ask questions. 
 
What do you -- why -- why -- what are the Democrats trying to hide?  That's -- they're -- they're killing their process.  Why wouldn't you do it the right way?
 
CAVUTO:  All right. 
 
We will watch it very closely, Senator. 
 
And that process, they might be cobbling together now, again, along party lines.  What we do know is that, by Thursday, they hope to have that process in place, and one that will be open to all and accepted by all. 
 
That is all but, so far, Republicans.

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