İrem UZUN -TDO- The House Judiciary Committee is setting a deadline of December 6 for President Donald Trump to decide whether his attorneys will participate in the committee's impeachment proceedings against him. House judiciary committee chairman Jerry Nadler wrote to Donald Trump on Friday, asking if the president “intends to participate” in impeachment inquiry hearings due to begin next week. Previously,Sunday was given as a deadline to White House to say whether it will participate in the committee's first impeachment hearing on Wednesday. “I look forward to your prompt response,” he wrote.
The letter was largely technical, referring to the rules established by the House's impeachment resolution last month. It starts the clock for the White House to decide if it will take part in the House's impeachment proceedings -- which Trump and congressional Republicans have claimed are unfair -- or wait until a potential Senate trial to make its case directly to Congress.White House likely won't send an attorney to the first judiciary hearing next week, according to two officials. The White House is also still considering suggesting witnesses who should be called for the hearing.
After a two-month investigation capped by two weeks of public hearings, the House Intelligence Committee is preparing a report that will detail allegations that the President pressured Ukraine to investigate his political rivals while withholding a White House meeting and $400 million in security aid. House Democrats aim to resolve the question of Trump’s impeachment by Christmas. If the House impeaches him, the Republican-controlled Senate would hold a trial to determine whether he should be convicted and removed from office.