WASHINGTON, The White House announced, Sunday evening, it will not be participating in the House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing scheduled for Wednesday.
In a five-page letter to the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler, White House counsel to the President Pat Cipollone wrote, “We cannot 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.” “More importantly, an invitation to an academic discussion with law professors does not begin to provide the President with a semblance of a fair process. Accordingly, under the current circumstances, we do not intend to participate in your Wednesday hearing,” the letter added.
He noted, “Even at this late date, it is not yet clear whether you will afford the President at least these basic, fundamental rights or continue to deny them.” Nadler had asked President Donald Trump to indicate by Sunday whether he his attorneys will attend the Wednesday hearing, which is the first that will be held by the Judiciary Committee as it prepares to draft articles of impeachment against Trump.
The House Intelligence Committee concluded its public hearings after hearing the testimony of a dozen current and former administration officials.
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