The White House has issued a response to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler’s invitation for President Trump to attend impeachment hearings beginning Dec. 4, turning down the offer flat.
Counsel Pat Cipollone wrote a letter to the committee, headed by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), roughly a week after it was announced his panel would take over the current impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
“This baseless and highly partisan inquiry violates all past historical precedent, basic due process rights, and fundamental fairness,” he wrote to Nadler in the defiant letter.
“As for the hearing scheduled for Dec. 4, 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,” Cipollone wrote.
“More importantly, an invitation to an academic discussion with law professors does not begin to provide the president with any semblance of a fair process. Accordingly, under the current circumstances, we do not intend to participate in your Wednesday hearing,” he continued.
“When the Judiciary Committee scheduled a similar hearing during the Clinton impeachment process, it allowed those questioning the witnesses two-and-a-half weeks’ notice to prepare, and it scheduled the hearing on a date suggested by the president’s attorneys,” the White House counsel wrote to the New York Democrat.
“Today, by contrast, you have afforded the president no scheduling input, no meaningful information, and so little time to prepare that you have effectively denied the administration a fair opportunity to participate.
“It is too late to cure the profound procedural deficiencies that have tainted this entire inquiry,” he wrote.