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Politics White House rejects invite to participate in any House impeachment hearings

11:35  07 december  2019
11:35  07 december  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

House Judiciary Panel Asks Trump if He Will Present Impeachment Defense

  House Judiciary Panel Asks Trump if He Will Present Impeachment Defense The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee asked President Trump on Friday whether he intends to mount a defense during the committee’s consideration of impeachment articles, setting a deadline of next Friday for Mr. Trump and his lawyers to decide if they will present evidence or call witnesses. In a letter to the president, Representative Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of New York and the committee chairman, said Mr. Trump has the right to review the evidence against him, ask questions of his accusers during public hearings that begin next week and present evidence and request witness testimony.

White House rejects invite to participate in any House impeachment hearings . "The White House chose not to send any legal representation to the first Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, where lawmakers heard eight hours of testimony from four constitutional law experts

The White House has opted not to participate in any Judiciary Committee impeachment hearings , despite President Trump's insistence that the Democrats' impeachment inquiry is a "one-sided sham." The decision means the White House is unlikely to have any presence in all of the House 's

The White House has opted not to participate in any Judiciary Committee impeachment hearings, despite President Trump's insistence that the Democrats' impeachment inquiry is a "one-sided sham." The decision means the White House is unlikely to have any presence in all of the House's impeachment proceedings.

"As you know, your impeachment inquiry is completely baseless and has violated basic principles of due process and fundamental fairness," White House Counsel Pat Cipollone said in a letter to Nadler. "Nevertheless, the speaker of the House yesterday ordered House Democrats to proceed with articles of impeachment before your committee has heard a single shred of evidence. ... Whatever your course, you should choose, as the president has recently stated: 'If you are going to impeach me, do it now, fast, so we can have a fair trail in the Senate, and so that our country can get back to business.'"

Collins requests extra witnesses at impeachment hearing

  Collins requests extra witnesses at impeachment hearing The White House is unlikely to send legal representation to the first impeachment hearing by the Judiciary Committee . The first day of hearings in the House Judiciary Committee, Mr. Trump is expected to be in London for the final day of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit.

The White House on Friday appeared to reject the latest entreaties from the House for it to participate in the rapidly-accelerating impeachment inquiry, calling the proceedings “completely baseless” as Democrats continued their push to impeach the president by the end of the month.

In a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, President Trump's legal counsel said the impeachment inquiry "has violated basic principles of due process and fundamental fairness." But the White House rejected the committee's invitation on Friday to participate in the hearings .

A senior administration official confirmed that the meaning of the letter is that the White House will not participate in the proceedings.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, who informed Mr. Trump of Friday's deadline over the Thanksgiving holiday, expressed disappointment but said "the president's failure [to appear] will not prevent us from carrying out our solemn constitutional duty."

"We gave President Trump a fair opportunity to question witnesses and present his own to address the overwhelming evidence before us. After listening to him complain about the impeachment process, we had hoped that he might accept our invitation," he said in a statement. "If the President has no good response to the allegations, then he would not want to appear before the Committee. Having declined this opportunity, he cannot claim that the process is unfair. "

'Unfortunate': Pompeo slams Dems for impeachment hearing during Trump's overseas trip

  'Unfortunate': Pompeo slams Dems for impeachment hearing during Trump's overseas trip The House Judiciary panel's first hearing will coincide with the president's meeting with NATO leaders.Pompeo told the hosts of “Fox & Friends” there exists a “long tradition that we support presidents when they travel overseas to do their work,” admonishing Democratic lawmakers’ decision “to hold hearings back here in Washington to distract America's president from his important mission” in the United Kingdom.

The White House on Friday appeared to reject the latest entreaties from the House for it to participate in the rapidly-accelerating impeachment inquiry, calling the proceedings “completely baseless” as Democrats continued their push to impeach the president by the end of the month.

The White House on Friday appeared to reject the latest entreaties from the House for it to participate in the rapidly-accelerating impeachment inquiry, calling the proceedings “completely baseless” as Democrats continued their push to impeach the president by the end of the month.

Jerrold Nadler in a suit and tie: Mueller Testifies On Investigation Into Election Interference Before House Committees© J. Scott Applewhite / AP Mueller Testifies On Investigation Into Election Interference Before House Committees

The White House chose not to send any legal representation to the first Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, where lawmakers heard eight hours of testimony from four constitutional law experts about the constitutional grounds for impeachment. Three of them said that the president committed impeachable offenses in his dealings with Ukraine. The fourth scholar, who was a witness called by Republicans, said the Democrats don't have enough evidence to impeach him.

On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on Democratic committee chairs to draft articles of impeachment against Mr. Trump.

"Sadly, but with confidence and humility, with allegiance to our founders, and a heart full of love for America, today I am asking our chairmen to proceed with articles of impeachment," Pelosi said.

'It did nothing': White House blasts Judiciary Committee hearing as 'desperate charade'

  'It did nothing': White House blasts Judiciary Committee hearing as 'desperate charade' The White House called the first day of impeachment testimony in front of the House Judiciary Committee a "bad day" for Democrats as they attempt to impeach President Trump. © Provided by Washington Examiner"Today was a good day for President Trump, and a bad day for the Democrats," White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a Wednesday statement. "The only thing the three liberal professors established at Chairman Nadler’s hearing was their political bias against the President. It did nothing to change the fact that, despite weeks of hearings in this sham process, the President did nothing wrong.

The White House on Friday appeared to reject the latest entreaties from the House for it to participate in the rapidly-accelerating impeachment inquiry, calling the proceedings “completely baseless” as Democrats continued their push to impeach the president by the end of the month.

The White House on Friday appeared to reject the latest entreaties from the House for it to participate in the rapidly-accelerating impeachment inquiry, calling the proceedings “completely baseless” as Democrats continued their push to impeach the president by the end of the month.

Given that Democrats control the House, Mr. Trump is likely to be impeached. The vote is expected to occur along party lines since Republicans consider the impeachment inquiry an overreach by Democrats and an attempt to undo the 2016 election results. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham seemed to suggest that she believes the president will be impeached.

"We look forward to a fair trial in the Senate," she said in a statement Thursday.

The decision to remove the president from office is up to the Republican-led Senate. The chief justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, would preside.

Mr. Trump appears to have a different attitude about the Senate impeachment process. Earlier this week, he said that he would "love" for several of the highest-profile officials he blocked from appearing before the House inquiry to testify in the Senate. He said the impeachment inquiry "will be fair in the Senate."

Nancy Pelosi posing for the camera: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks about the impeachment inquiry of President Trump at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on December 5, 2019.© Provided by CBS News House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks about the impeachment inquiry of President Trump at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on December 5, 2019. The White House has expressed interest in calling witnesses in the Senate trial, but the rules for a potential trial have not yet been written.

Mr. Trump is accused of withholding U.S. military aid from Ukraine in an attempt to pressure its president to announce investigations that would benefit his 2020 reelection campaign and undermine U.S. national security.

— Kathryn Watson and Fin Gomez contributed to this report

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