The White House announced on Sunday night that President Trump and his lawyers will not participate in the House Judiciary Committee’s first impeachment hearing scheduled for Wednesday.
The announcement came in a heated letter which even accusing the panel’s Democratic chairman, Jerry Nadler, of purposely scheduling the proceedings when Trump would be attending the NATO Leaders’ Meeting in London.
While the Democrats are stuck on impeachment, the president is more concerned with getting things done, and is clearly not willing to compromise on his ability to do so by complying with the Dem’s absurd scheduling.
“This baseless and highly partisan inquiry violates all past historical precedent, basic due process rights, and fundamental fairness,” wrote White House counsel Pat Cipollone, continuing the West Wing’s attack on the procedural form of the impeachment proceedings. Cipollone said Nadler provided only “vague” details about the hearing, and that unnamed academics – and not “fact witnesses” – would apparently be attending.
“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 said.
“More importantly, an invitation to an academic discussion with law professors does not begin to provide the President with any semblance of a fair process. Accordingly, under the current circumstances, we do not intend to participate in your Wednesday hearing.”
He continued: “When the Judiciary Committee scheduled a similar hearing during the Clinton impeachment process, it allowed those questioning the witnesses two-and-a-half weeks’ notice to prepare, and it scheduled the hearing on a date suggested by the president’s attorneys.”
“Today, by contrast, you have afforded the president no scheduling input, no meaningful information and so little time to prepare that you have effectively denied the administration a fair opportunity to participate.
Republicans had urged President Trump not to attend the Democrats’ hearings, concerned that by doing so, he would validate this sham of a process. In his letter, Cipollone repeatedly derided what he called Democrats’ “fundamentally unfair” process.
“Inviting the Administration now to participate in an after-the-fact constitutional law seminar — with yet-to-be-named witnesses — only demonstrates further the countless procedural deficiencies that have infected this inquiry from its inception and shows the lack of seriousness with which you are undertaking these proceedings,” Cipollone wrote.
With polls showing national support for impeachment tanking, Democrats are desperate to take advantage of what little momentum they have left by trying to force a final House vote by Christmas.
The House Judiciary’s impeachment hearings will follow last month’s hearings by the House Intelligence Committee, which heard from 12 witnesses during five days of testimony.
Trump has previously suggested that he might be willing to offer written testimony under certain conditions, though aides suggested they did not anticipate Democrats would ever agree to them.
“The Democrats are holding the most ridiculous Impeachment hearings in history. Read the Transcripts, NOTHING was done or said wrong!” Trump tweeted Saturday.