President Trump, his counsel won’t participate in House Judiciary impeachment hearing

President Trump, his counsel won’t participate in House Judiciary impeachment hearing

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The White House, in a letter to the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said it won't take part in the upcoming impeachment inquiry hearing, citing lack of due process and fairness.

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The letter: “Under the current circumstances, we do not intend to participate in your Wednesday hearing,”  wrote White House Counsel Pat Cipollone in the five-page letter, adding that “an invitation to an academic discussion with law professors does not begin to provide the president with any semblance of a fair process.”

Cipollone described the impeachment proceedings as "baseless and highly partisan" that violates "all past historical precedent, basic due process rights, and fundamental fairness." It also accuses the committee of intentionally scheduling the hearing to overlap with President Trump's trip to the NATO summit.

Read the full letter here.

The House Intelligence Committee will vote Tuesday on an impeachment report. They will be given 24 hours to review the impeachment report based on their 2-month-long investigation that included 17 closed-door depositions. Twelve of those witnesses testified in public hearings as well. If they approve the impeachment report, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, will pass it on to the House Judiciary Committee which will oversee the next part of the impeachment proceedings.

Members of the committee will first see the report on Monday. They will be given 24 hours to review it and make a decision.

The House Judiciary Committee hearing, the first they will hold as part of the impeachment inquiry into the president, is scheduled for Wednesday, where constitutional experts will detail the constitutional framework of actions that amount to impeachment and whether President Trump's behavior meets the threshold of “high crimes and misdemeanors” under the Constitution.

The hearing is titled "The Impeachment Inquiry into President Donald J. Trump: Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment."

It is unclear who the constitutional scholars are. Last week, the Republican ranking member of the Judiciary Committee Doug Collins requested that the GOP be allowed to select their own experts to ensure fairness.

Read the letter here.

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The deadlines: The chairman of the committee, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) gave President Trump a Dec. 1 deadline to inform the committee whether he would make an appearance on Wednesday and until Dec. 6 to decide if he'll participate in the rest of committee's impeachment proceedings. The White House was also offered to send a representative for the president.

On Saturday, the president announced on Twitter that he would be attending a NATO meeting at the time of the hearing.

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