Former Senator Suggests Trump, Dems Should Reach Compromise to Avoid 'Political Food Fight' Over Impeachment

Former Democratic Senator Evan Bayh this weekend suggested that House Democrats and President Donald Trump should reach a compromise in order to avoid a "political food fight" over impeachment.

During an appearance on Fox News' Sunday Morning Futures, Bayh, who served in Congress during the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton, touted his suggestion that the two opposing sides of the ongoing impeachment inquiry should reach a solution to avoid a partisan "food fight." However, he admitted he doesn't believe that's likely to happen.

"It probably is in the president's best interest to say 'Look, I'll participate, I'll make all my witnesses available if you'll agree to just let the voters decide next fall; issue a report, don't impeach me.' I think there's the middle ground," Bayh said on Sunday.

"Will they seize that middle ground? Probably not," the former senator added.

Bayh went on to predict that the House will eventually vote in favor of impeachment, before the Senate votes to "acquit" Trump. "I think a lot of America will conclude in January or February, look, this is a big political food fight, enough already, let's get on with actually trying to govern the country," he said.

After two weeks of public impeachment hearings in the House Intelligence Committee, the inquiry will head to the Judiciary Committee this month. House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler has allowed the White House until 5 p.m. ET on Friday to express whether Trump's counsel will participate in this week's hearings. It is unclear whether the White House will cooperate in the impeachment process in any capacity until it reaches the Senate trial.

"It seems stupid for the president to show up and dignify this thing. It makes the stakes seem higher than they are," a Trump administration official said, according to Axios.

In the next phase of impeachment, the Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday morning with academics and legal scholars to discuss whether the president's actions in relation to Ukraine amounts to high crimes and misdemeanors. These witnesses will testify from a constitutional perspective and offer frameworks to help determine whether Trump's alleged conduct amounts to an impeachment offense.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff is also expected to release a report on Monday on the information his committee has gathered from recent impeachment witness testimonies.

Meanwhile, Republicans have continued to dismiss the proceedings as a "waste of time."

During his Sunday appearance on Fox News, Georgia GOP Congressman Doug Collins accused the Democrats of attempting to "overturn" the votes of roughly 63 million Americans who backed Trump in 2016. "The problem is Jerry Nadler and the rest of them have already [made up their] mind. They're already writing the articles of impeachment," the Republican lawmaker told Fox News anchor Chris Wallace.

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U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) speaks at the launch of the unaffiliated political organization known as No Labels December 13, 2010 at Columbia University in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty