IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY: TRUMP WILL NOT PARTICIPATE THE HEARINGS




İrem UZUN -TDO- U.S. President Donald Trump's attorney said on Sunday 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.

In his letter, Pat Cipollone accused the committee of a "complete lack of due process and fundamental fairness", saying the invitation would fail to give the White House adequate time to prepare and did not give information about the witnesses. Mr. Cipollone also said the committee had called three witnesses but allowed Republicans to call just one, and lambasted Mr. Nadler's claim that the process was "consistent" with historical impeachment inquiries, arguing that President Bill Clinton had a fairer hearing in 1998.

The Democratic-led House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, tasked with considering charges known as articles of impeachment, had given Mr. Trump until 6pm on Sunday to say whether he would dispatch a lawyer to take part in the judiciary panel's proceedings on Wednesday. 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." The committee is expected to consider at least four counts, or articles of impeachment, including abuse of power, bribery, contempt of Congress and obstruction of justice.


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