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Former President Carter says impeachment inquiry is 'well-justified' in sit-down interview

Posted at 4:22 PM, Oct 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-11 20:08:01-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Former President Carter sat down with NewsChannel 5 to talk about his work with Habitat for Humanity, his time in the White House and the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

In five days the Habitat for Humanity project in North Nashville has built 21 new homes.

The former president kicked off the week Monday despite being injured in a fall at his Georgia home before coming to Nashville. But on the last day of the Habitat for Humanity build, he says he's better physically, mentally and spiritually.

"I think the general spirit of the Habitat site just kind of brings out the best in everybody that volunteers here."

Carter took time to sit down for an interview with NewsChannel 5's Matthew Torres. He says that spirit on a Habitat site is why, at 95 years old, he's able to celebrate 36 years working with a charity he loves.

The goal of the build is to complete 21 new and affordable homes with no interest rates to families. He's been working on a home for a mother with a young daughter.

Habitat for Humanity helps showcase the need for affordable housing. He says the federal government has a great deal to do about the attitude on this issue.

"I think if the president just mentions about affordable housing needs every now and then when he travels the country, that's a valuable thing just for the president to set an example about the extreme importance of affordable housing," said Carter.

Torres also asked Carter whay his stance is on the ongoing impeachment inquiry of President Trump.

"I think the inquiry is well justified we don't yet know what the inquiry is going to reveal. we have some suspicions what it might. I think American citizens are becoming more and more amenable or supportive of the basic inquiry and that means they want to know about what really happened. And that's what we hope to get out of the inquiry just the honest truth of what has happened in the past and what might happen under this administration in the future."

His advice to President Trump was to "tell the truth, don't tweet so many times a day and be eager to treat everyone the same."

You can watch our entire interview in the video player above.