Read the full text: Republican report on impeachment inquiry

Cheryl Sanders
December 3, 2019

Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., gave the White House until Sunday evening to decide if they would like to participate in Wednesday's hearing and gave Trump until Friday to determine whether he would mount a defense at future hearings.

Nadler scheduled the hearing for Wednesday, Dec. 4, which will feature Constitutional law scholars.

The Associated Press reported Monday that the Intelligence Committee's report would be unveiled to committee members only ahead of a vote Tuesday to send the document to the Judiciary Committee.

"It's easy to hide behind a report", said Doug Collins, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee.

According to testimony and a rough transcript of a July phone call by Trump to the Ukrainian president, Trump wanted Ukraine to announce investigations that would harm his political rival, Democrat Joe Biden, and bolster a debunked theory that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

As for letting Trump defend himself, we're approaching the part of the impeachment process where that could actually happen.

The impeachment inquiry has heard testimony from current and former officials that military aid was withheld from Ukraine and that a White House meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was conditioned on investigations into the Bidens and a debunked conspiracy theory about interference in the 2016 USA election being carried out.

If Mr Trump was convicted by a two-thirds majority - an outcome deemed highly unlikely - he would become the first USA president to be removed from office through impeachment.

"At base, the president has a choice to make: he can take this opportunity to be represented in the impeachment hearings, or he can stop complaining about the process", Nadler wrote in a letter to Trump. "Accordingly, under the current circumstances, we do not intend to participate in your Wednesday hearing", Cipollone wrote.

Collins added that Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler's deadline for House Republicans to say whether they wish to subpoena any witnesses to testify on Trump's behalf is "arbitrary" since Republicans have not yet seen the Schiff report.

Late Sunday, White House counsel Pat Cipollone denounced the "baseless and highly partisan inquiry".

What next with the impeachment inquiry?

"We've not got an answer back on that".

Schiff has said "there's nothing for me to testify about", that he isn't a "fact" witness and that Republicans are only trying to "mollify the president, and that's not a good reason to try to call a member of Congress as a witness".

After a vote in the Democratic-controlled House, a trial would be held in the Republican-run Senate. "He's made a judgment now and I think that's probably the right judgment".

Despite bemoaning the House's impeachment inquiry over an alleged lack of due process, Trump declined to participate by having someone present from the White House to ask questions. He wanted the witness list expanded to include those suggested by Republicans.

Hearings before the committee, which has responsibility for crafting any formal charges against Mr Trump, are a major step toward possible charges. McClintock said he doesn't believe Trump did anything wrong in the July 25 call with Zelensky that is at the heart of the investigation.

To McClintock, Trump was using "the blunt talk of a Manhattan businessman" and "was entirely within his constitutional authority" in his dealings with Ukraine's leader.

ABC News' Katherine Faulders and John Santucci contributed reporting to this article.

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