Trump side will not attend impeachment hearing

President Donald Trump addresses the Economic Club of New York on Nov. 12 2019 at the Hilton Midtown

President Donald Trump addresses the Economic Club of New York on Nov. 12 2019 at the Hilton Midtown

The White House told Democratic lawmakers Sunday that U.S. President Donald Trump would not send legal counsel to participate in a congressional impeachment hearing this week, citing a lack of "fundamental fairness".

Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y, had given the White House until 6 p.m. ET Sunday to inform the committee whether Trump or his lawyers would attend the hearing, where a panel of legal experts are set to discuss whether the president committed impeachable offenses.

President Donald Trump's re-election campaign said Monday that it would no longer credential reporters from Bloomberg News to attend campaign events after the publication announced that it would not investigate its boss, Michael Bloomberg, or his rivals for the 2020 Democratic nomination.

Trump himself was scheduled to attend a summit with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies outside London on Wednesday.

"We can not justly expect us to participate in a hearing while the witnesses have not yet been appointed and although it is not clear whether the Judicial Committee will provide the President with a fair process through additional hearings", Cipollone wrote, according to a copy of the letter. Schiff and the other Democrats haven't been denying Trump any "due process"-there's just an order and, well, a process to impeachment".

The Republican National Committee will also not credential Bloomberg reporters to cover committee meetings, Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said.

McClintock said he doesn't believe Trump did anything wrong in the July 25 call with Zelenskiy that is at the heart of the investigation.

President Trump remains under intense scrutiny at the end of 2019, as impeachment proceedings continue towards the beginning of impending United States elections.

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"I know he was going to go to Ukraine , and I think he canceled a trip", the president continued. They came to the US and gave it to me. "This is not about getting Joe Biden in trouble".


Nadler closing week despatched a letter to the White House announcing it has till December 6 to call witnesses or recent evidence to protect the commander-in-chief within the impeachment hearings.

After several weeks of combative public impeachment hearings, the week of Thanksgiving has been a more quiet affair for the administration.

Democratic US Representative Don Beyer said on Twitter in response to the White House letter: "Not one process complaint made by the president and his Republican allies in Congress so far has turned out to be genuine". House-passed rules provide the president and his attorneys the right to cross-examine witnesses and review evidence before the committee, but little ability to bring forward witnesses of their own.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-CA, was seeking to build a case against Trump, suggesting there was a "quid pro quo" to withhold military aid from Ukraine unless the Ukrainian government investigated former Vice President Joe Biden's son for his dealings with an alleged corrupt Ukrainian gas company.

"I do not believe it, so I'm not going to answer a hypothetical which is created to simply say that the president did something improper", Collins remarked, adding that "he did nothing improper".

"But in other ways, it's a disgrace", a black umbrella-toting president said on another rainy day in Washington. "I really think you can handle your own newsroom of immensely talented editors and reporters covering you the same way they do everything else".

If Mr Trump was convicted by a two-thirds majority - an outcome deemed highly unlikely - he would become the first U.S. president to be removed from office through impeachment. Few Senate Republicans have shown an appetite for removing the president. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who will make the final decision, has not said yet whether the Republican president should be formally impeached.

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