Trump's Attorney Says White House Refuses to Participate in Impeachment Hearings

Trump's Attorney Says White House Refuses to Participate in Impeachment Hearings”

In a new report put together by House Republican staff on the Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight and Reform Committees, which was reviewed by Townhall, they blast evidence presented during the hearings because nothing provided proved any of the Democrats' allegations against President Trump in their impeachment inquiry.

The dueling versions of the case against the president follow two weeks of House Intelligence Committee hearings during which witnesses - mainly diplomats and administration officials - testified about whether $391 million in security aid to Ukraine and a White House visit for the country's president were held up until he announced investigations into Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

"It's easy to hide behind a report", said Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, the top Republican on the judiciary committee.

In the Republicans' dissenting views, they argue that after two months of investigation, the evidence "does not support" that Mr. Trump withheld a coveted White House meeting for Ukraine's president or almost $400 million in security assistance for the country as leverage for securing the investigations. Some of the witnesses for the Intelligence Committee - including career and political State Department officials - have alleged that Trump used a coveted White House visit and hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. aid as leverage.

"Not one process complaint made by the president and his Republican allies in Congress so far has turned out to be genuine", tweeted Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.). "The evidence does not support the accusation that President Trump obstructed the Democrats' impeachment inquiry". While the hearing is set for Wednesday when Trump is still gone, the invitation was extended just as earnestly to Trump's lawyers as it was to the President himself.

Ukraine's president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has argued that he did not feel pressured by Trump, although he told reporters in an interview released Monday that it was not right for one strategic partner to "go blocking anything" for another partner - particularly when one is at war, as Ukraine is with Russian Federation.

Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Cipollone described the impeachment proceedings as unfair and said the president will not take part in the scheduled Wednesday hearing, which will feature a panel of constitutional scholars and law professors.

"The reading is supported by President Trump's subsequent reference to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who had testified the day before about his findings, and to Attorney General William Barr, who had initiated an official inquiry into the origins of the USA government's 2016 Russian Federation investigation".

He also echoed a complaint that the president has noted about the timing of the first hearing: It will overlap with the president's appearance at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in London.

The White House said neither Trump nor his counsel, Pat Cipollone, would attend the hearing.

The Republican-controlled Senate, where any impeachment trial would be held, is highly unlikely to vote to oust Trump.

What next with the impeachment inquiry?

To McClintock, Trump was using "the blunt talk of a Manhattan businessman" and "was entirely within his constitutional authority" in his dealings with Ukraine's leader.

Joshua Nelson is a freelance reporter for Fox News. "It'll be a live issue through the election itself, and the American people will make the final determination", Republican Representative Tom Cole told Reuters news agency.

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