Published: Tue, December 03, 2019

Trump impeachment report to be unveiled behind closed doors Monday

Trump impeachment report to be unveiled behind closed doors Monday

The White House said Sunday that it did not plan to send counsel to the House Judiciary Committee's first impeachment hearing, on Wednesday, after the committee's chair informed Trump he could attend or send a lawyer.

As opinion polls show Americans bitterly divided over whether to impeach Trump, the Judiciary Committee in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives will hold a hearing on Wednesday to explain to the public what constitutes an impeachable offence.

"The first person who needs to testify is Adam Schiff", Rep. Doug Collins (R., Ga.) told Fox News.

In the Republicans' dissenting views, they argue that after two months of investigation, the evidence "does not support" that Mr. Trump withheld a coveted White House meeting for Ukraine's president or almost $400 million in security assistance for the country as leverage for securing the investigations.

The House impeachment inquiry is this week moving into its next phase, as the House Intelligence Committee on Monday planned to transmit its findings to the House Judiciary Committee, which could draw up potential articles of impeachment.

Here's a refresher: After examining a number of incidents of possible obstruction of justice by Trump, Mueller said he could not exonerate Trump, though he could not charge him, either.

Four constitutional scholars - three chosen by Democrats, one by Republicans - are expected to testify at Wednesday's hearing on the standards for impeachment and whether the allegations against Trump meet the threshold of "high crimes and misdemeanors" outlined in the U.S. Constitution.

Mr Trump has denied any wrongdoing, calling the impeachment inquiry a "sham".

Basically, Trump is now saying that he won't participate because he doesn't believe he'll be treated fairly, and rather than give the House Democrats the opportunity to prove him wrong (or right), he's doing the presidential equivalent of taking his ball and going home-except these committees are going to keep moving ahead, with or without his cooperation.

"If you are serious about conducting a fair process going forward, and in order to protect the rights and privileges of the President, we may consider participating in future Judiciary Committee proceedings if you afford the Administration the ability to do so meaningfully", Cipollone said in the Sunday letter.

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 them.

The White House said neither Trump nor his counsel, Pat Cipollone, would attend the hearing.

In the past, however, Trump has claimed that he would like to participate in the impeachment inquiry.

During the hearings, multiple witnesses affirmed how the Trump administration upgraded the type of military aid to Ukraine when compared to former President Barack Obama's administration, such as providing Javelin anti-tank missiles.

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. "This is why this is a problematic exercise and simply a made-for-TV event coming on Wednesday".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a letter to supporters last week that Trump had committed "bribery" and needed to be held accountable. "He also doesn't use the smarmy talk of politicians", McClintock said.

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