White House will not take part in impeachment hearing says US President Donald Trump

Last Updated: Dec 02 2019 13:55
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United States President Donald Trump said that the White House will not participate in congressional hearings set for Wednesday that will consider passing impeachment articles against the president.

“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,” White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote in a letter to Jerry Nadler, the Democratic chairman of the Judiciary Committee in the House of Representatives on Sunday.

“Accordingly, under the current circumstances, we do not intend to participate in your Wednesday hearing,” Cipollone wrote.

The House Judiciary Committee will begin meeting on Wednesday to determine whether the evidence compiled in the investigative phase of the process meets the constitutional impeachment standard of “treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”