Roe: Impeachment inquiry is 'a lot of something about nothing'

Hank Hayes • Sep 28, 2019 at 5:45 PM

U.S. Rep. Phil Roe called House Democrats recent push to impeach President Donald Trump "a lot of something about nothing" on Friday.

Roe said he had read the transcript of Trump's telephone conversation with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine that got an impeachment inquiry rolling.

"If I were a foreign leader meeting with a congressman or on a phone call with the president, I'd be very reticent about what I said," Roe stressed in a conference call with reporters. "These leaders need to be able to talk. This sideshow is going to play out, and I don't know where it's going to end, quite frankly. They cannot help themselves to try to overturn an election, which is what this is all about."

Roe also addressed these questions:

Why did House Speaker Nancy Pelosi call for an impeachment inquiry when she previously said she wasn't interested in one?

"I think the reason was she got so much pressure from her far left wing. I think Nancy Pelosi is a very smart politician. She was around during the Clinton impeachment, which did not go well for Republicans. We lost the House after that. I think she saw that it could probably embolden the president. She still serves at the pleasure of her conference, her party."

What is the definition of high crimes and misdemeanors in your eyes?

"I'm not a lawyer. If there's a high crime and misdemeanor in there, I don't know what it is. Remember, this is the same party that spent $30 million dollars (to produce the Mueller report) with 19 lawyers, most of them donated money mostly to Democrats, 40 federal agents, millions of pages of documents. And they found no collusion because there was no collusion. And now we're going to impeach the guy because we don't like him."

During this process, is there something you will be watching?

"I'll be like you, I'll be watching from the outside. As I've said all along, you get all the information before you jump to a conclusion."