White House refuses to participate in impeachment hearing

White House stated that the President of the United States Donald Trump and his team of lawyers will not take part in the upcoming opening hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, The Guardian reported Monday.

Jerrold Nadler, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee which is now taking the lead of the impeachment probe, sent a letter to the POTUS last week asking whether he was going to demand himself in the upcoming judiciary panel’s hearing scheduled to take place as soon as Wednesday and setting the deadline of Dec. 1 to voice the decision. Pat Cipollone, counsel of the White House, issued a response to Nadler.

“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,” the letter reads.

According to Cipollone, the ongoing impeachment investigation lacks “due process and fundamental fairness.” It is yet unclear whether President’s lawyers will participate in further hearings. “We may consider participating in future judiciary committee proceedings if you afford the administration the ability to do so meaningfully,” the letter to Nadler states. House Judiciary Committee members have not yet commented on the matter.

President Trump denied all the accusations and repeatedly claimed he had not done anything wrong.

Natalia Veselnitskaya — official website

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