Donald Trump faces two impeachment deadlines as inquiry shifts focus

Cheryl Sanders
December 2, 2019

The second round of impeachment hearings will begin Wednesday.

Former Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., who served during the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, suggested Sunday that a compromise between House Democrats and President Trump could be a satisfactory solution to avoid the "political food fight" of impeachment, but said realistically he doubts it will become a reality.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler sent a letter to President Donald Trump this past week reminding him that he and his lawyers have a right to attend the upcoming hearing.

The president and his Republican allies in Congress say the inquiry has been rushed and unfair to Mr Trump by not allowing the White House to have legal counsel present or call witnesses during weeks of closed-door testimony and open hearings before the House Intelligence Committee. The informal hearing will examine the "constitutional grounds for presidential impeachment".

Cipollone's letter applied only to the Wednesday hearing, and he demanded more information from Democrats on how they meant to conduct further hearings before Trump would decide whether to participate in those hearings. In a Friday letter, Nadler set a December 6 deadline for the White House to decide on the scope of its participation. But the report was expected to focus mostly on whether Trump abused his office by withholding military aid approved by Congress and a White House meeting as he pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to launch investigations into Trump's political rivals.

The committee has yet to announce who will be on the panel.

The Judiciary Committee has yet to decide on how many hearings it will have or if it will call fact witnesses. "We're certainly anxious to hear his explanation of that". On Monday, Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D. The head of the Democratic caucus, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of NY, said on "Fox News Sunday" that relevant knowledge of facts surrounding Trump's conduct on Ukraine would be the determining factor in whether witnesses would be summoned. President Trump was given until 6:00 p.m. Sunday to decide whether or not to have his legal team participate in the hearing, even though Democrats on the committee apparently do not know who the witnesses would be.

"We are here at this moment right now because the president made a decision to pressure foreign government to target an American citizen for political gain and at the same time withhold $391 million in military aid from a very vulnerable Ukraine", Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) told Wallace on Fox News Sunday.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (Democratic-California), left, talks with ranking member Devin Nunes (Republican-California), right, during testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, November 13, 2019.

If the Democratic-controlled House votes to impeach, the proceedings would move to the Senate, where the Republicans hold a majority, for a trial to determine whether Trump should be convicted and removed as president.

"He's put himself into that position", Collins said.

"I think both Russian Federation and Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election", Kennedy told host Chuck Todd on NBC News's "Meet the Press" on Sunday.

"He didn't use the delicate language of diplomacy in that conversation, that's true".

"So, he's got to weigh those two elements", McClintock said.

The comments mark Kennedy's latest attempt to shift the focus away from the US intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation worked to help elect Trump, following a Fox News Channel interview last week from which he later backtracked.

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