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White House Refuses to Participate in Jerry Nadler’s Impeachment Inquiry

White House Refuses to Participate in Jerry Nadler’s Impeachment Inquiry”

During that hearing, legal experts will provide testimony about how the impeachment process works under the U.S. Constitution.

Reps. Val Demings, D-Fla., and Tom McClintock, R-Calif., said on ABC's "This Week" that they think having President Donald Trump or his lawyers participate in Wednesday's House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing would be in the president's best interests.

Nadler had given the president and his lawyers until 6:00 p.m. EST to respond to a request to participate in the opening hearing of the Judiciary Committee' inquiry on Wednesday, focusing on constitutional and legal issues.

"We can not fairly be expected to participate in a hearing while the witnesses are yet to be named and while it remains unclear whether the Judiciary Committee will afford the President a fair process through additional hearings", White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote to Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, according to a copy of a letter seen by Reuters. For example, when the Judiciary Committee scheduled a similar hearing during the Clinton impeachment process, it allowed those questioning the witnesses two and-a-half weeks' notice to prepare, and it scheduled the hearing on a date suggested by the President's attorneys.

He did not rule out participation in future hearings.

On Saturday night, the president had tweeted out links to opinion pieces from Trump-friendly media outlets defending his actions and criticising the impeachment process as "wasting time".

On Tuesday, the Intelligence panel, which has taken the lead in impeachment proceedings so far, is set to vote ona formal report, also including evidence gathered by the Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees. Nor did these past inquiries eontinue to deny those rights to the President even in a third round of hearings before yet another committee, the Judiciary Committee.

Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, before the announcement questioned why the White House would want to participate in "just another rerun".

Politico and the Associated Press reported on Sunday that committee members will begin reviewing a draft of the report on Monday.

House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) on Sunday said he isn't anxious about polls showing declining support for the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry.

"There, Chairman Schiff attempted to concoct a false narrative through selective citation of the testimony of witnesses of his choosing, after vetting them during closed-door depositions hidden from both the President and the American public", he wrote.

She said Democrats had not yet finalized witnesses for the upcoming Judiciary hearings and were waiting to hear back from Trump on his plans to present a defense.

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who will make the final decision, has not yet said whether the Republican president should be impeached.

Collins attacked the speedy timeline that Democratic leaders are pursuing, one that appears aimed at concluding an impeachment vote in the House before Christmas rather, he argued, than providing appropriate due process for the president.

Earlier scrutiny by Ukrainians uncovered no wrongdoing by the Bidens, but Trump, in July, asked Zelenskiy for an investigation as a 'favor, ' while holding up military aid to that country for several months. "They're already writing the articles of impeachment", the Republican lawmaker told Fox News anchor Chris Wallace.

If the Democratic-controlled House votes to impeach, the proceedings would move to the Senate, where the Republicans hold a majority, for a trial to determine whether Trump should be convicted and removed as president.



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