House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler has declared that President Donald Trump has until December 6 to confirm whether his attorneys will be cooperating with the impeachment hearings.
The same deadline was similarly passed on to the president’s lawyers as well as House Republicans, who will have until that date to call new witnesses and introduce evidence. He also called a December 9 meeting to discuss the issue.
The Judiciary panel is anticipated to hold its own series of impeachment hearings in which they will discuss the matter with legal experts, deciding if there are constitutional grounds for articles of impeachment. President Trump was invited to sit in on these hearings and has been told that he has until 6 p.m. EST on Sunday to accept or reject.
— ABC News (@ABC) November 26, 2019
“As Chairman Schiff indicated yesterday, the impeachment inquiry is entering into a new phase,” Nadler said in a statement. “Our first task is to explore the framework put in place to respond to serious allegations of impeachable misconduct like those against President Trump.”
“I have also written to President Trump to remind him that the Committee’s impeachment inquiry rules allow for the President to attend the hearing and for his counsel to question the witness panel,” he continued. “At base, the President has a choice to make: he can take this opportunity to be represented in the impeachment hearings, or he can stop complaining about the process. I hope that he chooses to participate in the inquiry, directly or through counsel, as other Presidents have done before him.”
According to White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, the White House is in the process of reviewing the letter, though she made it clear that the process is still a “sham” in the eyes of the president.
“The White House is currently reviewing Chairman Nadler’s letter — but what is obvious to every American is that this letter comes at the end of an illegitimate sham partisan process. The President has done nothing wrong and the Democrats know it,” she said in a statement.
This deadline was likely set because Trump and his supporters have long been of the opinion that the impeachment inquiry was illegitimate and meaningless because its structure denied the President, the “accused,” his traditional due process rights.
Republican Georgia Rep. Doug Collins doesn’t think that Nadler’s letter is a good-faith effort to allow Trump to defend himself, nor does he believe that it will make the process more transparent.
For Democrats to claim next week’s hearing gives @realDonaldTrump a chance to defend himself is a joke.
Instead of bringing in Adam Schiff under oath, we are bringing in academics whose minds are already set against POTUS to give their opinion on this sham impeachment.
— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) November 27, 2019
The first hearing of the series will be held on Wednesday, December 4.
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