The House Judiciary committee is set to begin its public hearings into the impeachment President Donald Trump on Wednesday. In show of defiance the President has sent a letter to Congress stating that he, nor his attorney’s, will participate in this historical hearing.
In a letter to Chairman Jerrold Nadler, White House counsel to the President Pat Cipollone said, “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. More importantly, an invitation to an academic discussion with law professors does not begin to provide the President with an semblance of a fair process. Accordingly, under the current circumstances, we do not intend to participate in your Wednesday hearing.”
The hearing Wednesday will feature legal scholars from around the country to discuss the constitutional underpinnings of impeachment. This will allow the committee to make formal recommendations of impeachment if they are to approve articles of impeachment to send to the full House of Representatives.
Under the House-passed rules, the President’s counsel is able to participate in the impeachment hearings in the Judiciary Committee, unlike the public hearings last month in the House Intelligence Committee.
President Trump is holding defiant and firm in his opposition to this inquiry, but it will make it harder for him to put up a defense if he has no representation.