White House rejects participation in 'baseless' impeachment probe

Cheryl Sanders
December 7, 2019

The White House officially rejected Nadler's invitation after the Judiciary Committee's chairman sent a letter to President Trump last Friday, saying the president has until December 6 to determine if his counsel will take part in the committee's impeachment proceedings.

In a brief letter to Committee Chairman Rep.

Ranking House member Doug Collins claimed in the letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler that Schiff "has permitted to testify publicly" for "those he has previously vetted and approved in a private deposition setting", suggesting that Schiff prohibited Republicans or the U.S. president "to call any additional witnesses".

"House Democrats have wasted enough of America's time with this charade", Cipollone's letter said. "You should end this inquiry now".

Adopting articles of impeachment, Cipollone wrote on Friday, would be "a reckless abuse of power" and would "constitute the most unjust, highly partisan and unconstitutional attempt at impeachment in our nation's history".

He quoted a tweet from Thursday in which Trump said, "If you are going to impeach me, do it now, fast, so we can have a fair trial in the Senate, and so that our country can get back to business".

Nadler sent a letter to the president last Friday asking if his counsel would be participating in the panel's impeachment hearings, setting a 5 p.m. ET deadline Friday for a response.

Nadler also sent a letter to Ranking Member Doug Collins, R-Ga., last Friday that said he had until December 6 to indicate whether he wanted the issuance of a subpoena or some sort of written question in the investigation.

If, following the hearings, the House of Representatives votes to pass articles of impeachment, the Senate is forced to hold a trial.

"Having declined this opportunity, he can not claim that the process is unfair".

At the heart of the Democratic-led House impeachment inquiry that Pelosi opened in September is Trump's request that Ukraine launch an investigation targeting Joe Biden.

Nadler rejected that criticism and expressed disappointment, saying in a statement: "The American people deserve answers from President Trump".

After the hearing next Monday we could see impeachment articles debated and approved as early as next week. Trump has accused the Bidens of corruption.

A Senate vote requires a two-thirds majority to convict and remove the president - unlikely in this case, given that Mr Trump's party controls the chamber.

The second Trump demand was that Ukraine should try to corroborate a conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russian Federation, had interfered in the last USA presidential election.

Hunter Biden joined the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma while his father was vice-president.

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