Audience Erupts In Laughter As Peter Welch Owns Jim Jordan During Impeachment Hearing

November 14, 2019, 8:04 am*

A moment of levity stood out during the first day of the impeachment inquiry hearings into President Donald Trump.

About four hours into the televised hearings, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) clapped back at Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who had argued that the White House whistleblower was the one who kicked off the Ukraine scandal.

Jordan, the Freedom Caucus member currently facing a number of allegations that while he was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University, he knew—and remained silent—about the sexual assault of multiple young men by Dr. Richard Strauss, said: “There’s one witness, one witness that they won’t bring in front of us, they won’t bring in front of the American people, and that’s the guy who started it all, the whistleblower.”

Seeing his opening, Rep. Welch replied: “I say to my colleague, I would be glad to have the person who started it all come in and testify. President Trump is welcome to take a seat right there,” he added, as the hearing room burst out in laughter.

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*First Published: November 14, 2019, 8:01 am