White House says Trump will not participate in the first House Judiciary impeachment hearing


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The White House on Sunday said neither President Donald Trump nor his lawyers would participate in the House Judiciary Committee’s first impeachment hearing on Wednesday.
In a 5-page letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote that the president would not be attending the upcoming hearing on the basis that it was “unclear whether the Judiciary Committee will afford the President a fair process through additional hearings.”
The White House letter left open the possibility that Trump may participate in future hearings and said it would respond to a second Judiciary letter by a Friday deadline.
The House impeachment inquiry will move this week from its fact-finding stage in the Intelligence Committee to considerations of possible misconduct charges over Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.
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The White House on Sunday said neither President Donald Trump nor his lawyers would participate in the House Judiciary Committee’s first impeachment hearing on Wednesday.

In a 5-page letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote that the president would not be attending the upcoming hearing on the basis that it was “unclear whether the Judiciary Committee will afford the President a fair process through additional hearings.”

“As for the hearing scheduled for December 4, 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,” Cipollone wrote.

The White House added that Nadler’s November 26 query on whether Trump planned to participate in the upcoming hearings provided “little information” about the day’s proceedings or possible witnesses.

“More importantly, an invitation to an academic discussion with law professors does not begin to …read more

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