On Sunday, White House lawyer Pat Cipollone made it crystal clear for Democrats to understand: President Donald Trump has no intention of reporting to the House Judiciary Committee portion of the ongoing impeachment inquiry hearings.
According to Daily Caller, Cipollone wrote strongly-worded letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, explaining why the White House — including Trump — won’t be attending their “highly-partisan” hearings.
Among other things, he pointed out the curiously convenient timing of the hearings, which are set to take place while Trump is out of the country for official NATO business in London.
“You scheduled this initial hearing-no doubt purposely-during the time that you know the President will be out of the country attending the NATO Leaders Meeting in London,” Cipollone wrote.
The first part of the hearing will be made up of a panel of legal, Constitutional experts, who will assist Democrats in determining if Trump’s actions amount to “High Crimes and Misdemeanors,” which would obviously be grounds for impeachment and removal from office, should the U.S. Senate trial convict the president.
“Your letter provides little information about the upcoming hearing. It vaguely indicates that you intend to hold a hearing to discuss the “historical and constitutional basis of impeachment.” We understand from rumors and press reports (though not from any notice provided in your letter or in the official notice of the hearing) that the hearing will consist of an academic discussion by law professors. We understand this to mean that your initial hearing will include no fact witnesses at all,” the letter read.
House Intelligence Committee Democrats are reportedly voting on passing off the impeachment inquiry to the next committee, and are expected in that vote to formally recommend that Trump be impeached and removed from the White House.
The House Judiciary Committee is predicted to end it’s portion of the impeachment inquiry investigation by the end of the year.
But that’s where Democrats from both chambers of U.S. Congress will likely fall short, as Trump has a strong bench of top Republican allies in the U.S. Senate, including Sen. Lindsey Graham, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee — the committee that will ultimately determine the outcome, if any, of the Democrat-led impeachment investigation.