White House counsel Pat Cipollone said Tuesday during the debate over impeachment trial rules that House Democrats’ allegation that President Donald Trump has obstructed Congress by not allowing witnesses to testify in the impeachment inquiry is "ridiculous" and the Senate will conclude President Trump has done "absolutely nothing wrong" and that there "is no case" against him.
Speaking during the start of the impeachment trial, Cipollone said Trump has a constitutional right to use the courts to try to block testimony.
Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives in December on two articles — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The trial will determine whether Trump is convicted of those charges and will be removed from office or acquitted.
"They’re not here to steal one election. They’re here to steal two elections," he said. "A partisan impeachment is like stealing an election. And that's exactly what we have."
"Let’s remember how we all got here," Cipollone said. "They made false allegations about a telephone call. The president of the United States declassified that telephone call and released it to the public."
PAT CIPOLLONE: It's too much to listen to, almost. The hypocrisy of the whole thing. And what are the stakes? What are the stakes? There's an election in almost nine months, months from now there's going to be an election. Senators in this body the last time had very wise words. They echoed the words of our founders. A partisan impeachment is like stealing an election. And that's exactly what we have.
We have had -- talk about the framers worst nightmare. It's a partisan impeachment that they are delivered to your doorstep. In an election year. Some of you are upset because you should be in Iowa right now. But instead, we are here, and they are not ready to go. And it's outrageous. It's outrageous. And the American people won't stand for it, I'll tell you that right now. They are not here to steal one election. They are here to steal two elections. It's buried in the small print of the ridiculous articles of impeachment. They want to remove the President Trump from the ballot. They won't tell you that. They don't have the guts to say it directly, but that's exactly what they are here to do.
They are asking the Senate to attack one of the most sacred rights we have as Americans, the right to choose our president. In an election year. It's never been done before. It shouldn't be done. Now, the reason it's never been done is because no one ever thought that it would be a good idea for a country, for our children, for our grandchildren to try to remove a president from a ballot, to deny the American people the right to vote based on a fraudulent investigation conducted in secret with no rights. Well, I could go on and on, but my point is very simple. It's long past time that we start this so we can into this ridiculous charade and go have an election. Thank you very much, Mr. Chief Justice.
Watch Cipollone's full statement: