Trump's Attorney Says White House Refuses to Participate in Impeachment Hearings

Elias Hubbard
December 3, 2019

"Republicans battling the potential impeachment of President Trump have flitted among a multitude of shifting - and, at times, contradictory - defenses and deflections as they seek to cast doubt on a narrative supported by mounting evidence: that Trump subverted US foreign policy to further his personal aims by pressuring Ukraine to launch politically motivated investigations, using hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid as leverage", The Post reported last month.

"We can not 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 to committee chairman Jerrold Nadler, according to a copy of a letter seen by Reuters.

Trump is set to meet Tuesday and Wednesday in London with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, who recently claimed that the US appears to be "turning its back" on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

The evidence does not establish that President Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate Burisma Holdings, Vice President Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, or Ukrainian influence in the 2016 election. Trump himself was scheduled to attend a summit with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies outside London on Wednesday.

Pat Cipollone, counsel to the president, rejected the invitation to take part, criticizing the panel for demanding a response before any witnesses have been named or a schedule for other hearings has been set.

One article could allege abuse of power, centering on allegations uncovered by the House Intelligence Committee that Trump used his office to pressure the president of Ukraine for his own political benefit, The Associated Press reported. House Democrats have argued that Trump's communications with Zelensky amount to a "quid pro quo".

When asked why it could not have been two witnesses for each side, Jeffries stated, "Well that's something to be discussed", but then shifted to discussing the Trump appointees who previously testified before the House Intelligence Committee.

"The Democrats, the radical-left Democrats, the do-nothing Democrats, decided when I'm going to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation - this was set up a year ago - that when I'm going to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, that was the exact time - this is one of the most important journeys that we make as president, and for them to be doing this and saying this and putting impeachment on the table, which is a hoax to start off with", Trump said as he departed the White House Monday morning en route to the gathering. "If he has not done anything wrong, we're certainly anxious to hear his explanation to that". It was being made available for committee members to review ahead of a vote on Tuesday before it is sent to the Judiciary Committee for Wednesday's landmark hearing.

"So, the Democrats-the radical-left Democrats, the do-nothing Democrats-decided when I'm going to NATO-this was set up a year ago-that when I'm going to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, that was the exact time", Trump said.

A third possible article could focus on the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller on whether Trump obstructed justice during Mueller's expansive probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation, the news organizations reported. "But I can also understand how he is upset at the illegitimate process that we saw unfold in the Intelligence Committee", he added.

President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media before boarding Marine One on the south Lawn of the White House, Dec. 2, 2019.

He said Republicans are united in opposing impeachment and the inquiry is backfiring on Democrats, adding, "I think it is going to be a tremendous boost for the Republicans". "Oh, that sounds fair!"

As the impeachment inquiry intensifies, Wednesday's hearing will be a milestone.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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