White House not to attend House Judiciary Committee's first impeachment hearing

Tuesday, 03 Dec, 2019

Roughly a dozen witnesses have offered sworn public testimony before House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.

"We've already had constitutional scholars in the committee talking about - from the Mueller report and others - is there an impeachable offense?"

"The President has accepted or enlisted foreign nations to interfere in our upcoming elections, including the next one; this is an urgent matter that can not wait if we are to protect the nation's security and the integrity of our elections", he wrote.

Trump's 2016 campaign, citing unfair coverage, barred a number of outlets from official covering its events.

Schiff is slated to release his report on Monday and provide members 24 hours to look at it before a vote sends it to the Judiciary Committee, headed by Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), who would then be tasked with drafting articles of impeachment. "This baseless and highly partisan inquiry violates all past historical precedent, basic due process rights, and fundamental fairness", White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote in a letter Sunday, continuing the West Wing's attack on the procedural form of the impeachment proceedings.

Cipollone accused the New York Democrat in the letter of "no doubt purposely" scheduling the hearing while Trump will be at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in London.

Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, a Democratic member of the House Judiciary Committee, told the CNN that in the Constitution, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanours are causes for impeachment.

Democrats have said they don't want to get tied up in lengthy court battles to force those witnesses to cooperate with subpoenas.

Rep. Doug Collins said Sunday that Republicans plan to call witnesses when the House Judiciary Committee takes up the impeachment case against President Trump.

"'It's easy to hide behind a report, ' Collins said".

Of course, not one of those things is actually true. 'If he chooses not to [testify], then I really have to question his veracity in what he's putting in his report'. Top Trump administration officials have refused to testify and the administration has refused to produce documents in the impeachment inquiry.

The Judiciary Committee would be responsible for drafting any articles of impeachment for a vote by the full House.

US President Donald Trump's stay in power will negatively affect American nation's identity, the former vice president, Joe Biden, warned yesterday.

On Monday, Trump criticized the timing of the impeachment inquiry hearing, which will occur while he is out of the country at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in the United Kingdom.

As the impeachment inquiry intensifies, Wednesday's hearing will be a milestone. "Read the transcripts, NOTHING was done or said wrong!"

However, Republican lawmakers were able to question witnesses during the closed door hearings and called three witnesses during the public hearings that wrapped up last week.

US President Donald Trump faced two deadlines in Congress on Sunday as Democrats prepared to shift the focus of their impeachment inquiry from fact-finding to the consideration of possible charges of misconduct over his dealings with Ukraine.

The Democrats, he says, have no respect for due process, they won't let Republicans call witnesses or have lawyers, they only act in secret, and they won't let Trump defend himself. "Here is why right here's a problematic exercise and easily a made-for-TV event coming on Wednesday". And I will just say this, they do so at their own peril.

According to the memo, which was obtained by CNBC: 'For the moment, our P&I team will continue to investigate the Trump administration, as the government of the day'.

"He didn't use the delicate language of diplomacy in that conversation, that's true".