Trump Tells Nadler to Pound Salt, He Won’t Participate in This Weeks Impeachment Hearings

December 2, 2019   |   by James G. Dalton

President Trump basically told House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler to pound salt, he won’t participate in this weeks impeachment hearings, via Reuters:

“The White House said in a letter on Sunday to the chairman of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee that President Donald Trump would not send representation to a Wednesday impeachment hearing.

Pat Cipollone, counsel to the president, said in the letter to Democrat Jerrold Nadler, which was seen by Reuters, that Trump’s team “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 also said in the letter that the White House would respond separately regarding a second hearing by the deadline of Friday.”

Background here:

President Donald Trump faced two deadlines in Congress on Sunday as Democrats prepared to shift the focus of their impeachment inquiry from fact-finding to the consideration of possible charges of misconduct over his dealings with Ukraine.

The Democratic-led House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, tasked with considering charges known as articles of impeachment, has given the president until 6 p.m. EST (2300 GMT) on Sunday to say whether he or his legal counsel will participate in an impeachment hearing on Wednesday.

The hearing, the first in a series of proceedings expected before the committee, will hear testimony on the impeachment process established under the U.S. Constitution from a panel of legal experts that has yet to be named.

Hearings before the committee, which has responsibility for crafting any formal charges against Trump, are a major step toward possible charges. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who will make the final decision, has not said yet whether the Republican president should be formally impeached. But in a letter to supporters last week, she called for him to be held accountable for his actions.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing and called the impeachment inquiry a witch hunt aimed at unseating a democratically elected president. The White House has not yet indicated whether it will take part in the House Judiciary proceedings.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler has also set a 5 p.m. EST (2200 GMT) deadline on Friday for Trump to say whether he intends to mount a defense at further proceedings expected next week that would examine the evidence against him.

Three investigating panels, led by the House Intelligence Committee, are due to release a formal evidence report this week after lawmakers return to Congress on Tuesday from their Thanksgiving recess. The report will outline evidence gathered by lawmakers on the panel, along with those on the House Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees.

Congressional investigators have been looking into whether Trump abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to launch investigations of former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden, who is running to unseat him in the 2020 presidential election, and a discredited conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The president and his Republican allies in Congress say the inquiry has been unfair, because it did not allow the White House to have legal counsel present or call witnesses during weeks of closed-door testimony and open hearings before the House Intelligence Committee.

However, Republican lawmakers were able to question witnesses during the closed door hearings and called three witnesses during the public hearings that wrapped up last week.

“The president may well look at this, or his counsel may well look at this, and say: Why would we want to get in here and legitimize this process, when it was made illegitimate at the beginning by shutting us out?” said Republican Representative Tom Cole.

The House Judiciary Committee could vote on whether to recommend articles of impeachment within the next two weeks, setting the stage of a possible impeachment vote by the full House before Christmas, according to Democratic aides.

If the House impeaches Trump, the Republican-controlled Senate would hold a trial to determine whether he should be convicted and removed from office.

Reuters contributed to this report.

via thefederalistpapers

Recent Comments

  1. Jean Montgomery

    December 2, 2019 @ 3:37 pm

    Our President is absolutely correct, why get involve in the Democrats sham process.

  2. Lawrence j Baer

    December 2, 2019 @ 3:51 pm

    Trump would need a lot of salt to put up naddlers ass because he’s schiff’s butt buddy and those two love little boys is the rumor going around so if its true that’s a lot of salt to put up naddlers ass lol

  3. Kerry Hansen

    December 2, 2019 @ 5:36 pm

    Why in gods name would the President get involved with this. Schiit and the democraps have made this an unfair process from the very start. They have taken a perfectly legal call and called it a bad call. Then they had their witnesses come in and even though they blocked the Republicans from asking all their questions, the witnesses could not come up with anything said by the president as illegal. Also the so call chairman would not allow the Republican to call witnesses. This has all been so infuriating and nothing more than a lynch mob. Who in their right mind would want to participate? They in asking the President, ignored the standard that the accused does not have to prove themselves innocent! They know nothing wrong was done. What they really want is to convince those stupid voters of theirs to not vote for the President in 2020 PERIOD!!!

  4. Joseph Corson

    December 2, 2019 @ 7:40 pm

    Nadler is just another lying, thieving, Democratic Nazi out to destroy the President and then America!! You want corruption look into Nadler, Waters, Pelosi, Schumer, Schiff, Finestein, and the list is endless! They’re corruption is deep and profound! The President’s term “A WITCH HUNT” is dead accurate! The President has done nothing but protect and watch out for America and her well being! He has done miracles compared to how the Nazi Democrats have to tried to foil his every move! The Senate will make short work of these seditious traitors or THEY HAD BETTER because the American people have had just about enough of this Democratic Nazis perversion period!! Trump/Pence 2020!!

  5. Dale Hammond

    December 3, 2019 @ 3:20 am

    Nadler should be pounding rock in a quarry wearing prison stripes or orange overalls.

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