During the last week and a half, the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee has begun conducting public impeachment hearings into the conduct of President Donald Trump. The allegations center on whether the president leveraged aid to the Ukraine in order to have former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, investigated over his ties to a Ukrainian energy company.
DTH reporter Brent Van Vilet spoke with U.S. Rep. David Price, D-District 4, earlier in the week to get his view on the impeachment proceedings and what they could mean for North Carolina going forward.
Price has previously said in a statement regarding impeachment that “It’s increasingly apparent that the President of the United States abused the power of the presidency for personal political gain by demanding that a foreign leader investigate his domestic political rival, and then moved to cover it up.”
The Daily Tar Heel: What are your thoughts on the proceedings so far?
Rep. David Price: Well, we are now in the public phase of the information gathering, and the hearings I think last week were very well-managed. I think we have a very good chairman in Adam Schiff, very responsible, very sober, very smart. And he is scrupulously fair – he’s subject to a lot of second-guessing by the Republicans, and grandstanding in terms of people not abiding by the rules they’re perfectly well aware of, but I think it came across as a responsible exercise, and certainly, the witnesses were impressive: William Taylor and Marie Yovanovitch. Those are just the best of our country’s foreign service members. They have distinguished careers, they’re just as straight as an arrow, and they told the truth – and that’s, of course, the point of all this. I think the case will be filled out this week with equally productive hearings.