United States panel sets deadline for Trump to decide participation in impeachment hearings

United States panel sets deadline for Trump to decide participation in impeachment hearings

The Democrats finally made a decision to allow Republicans to issue subpoenas and interrogatories, although House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NJ) has to approve them.

Democrats set a December 6 deadline for the White House to say whether it will participate in impeachment proceedings.

In fact, Office of Management and Budget Mark Sandy told lawmakers during Schiff's hearing that the only reason the money was held up for a short period of time was Trump's concern that other "countries were not contributing more to Ukraine".

"If he chooses not to (testify), then I really question his veracity in what he's putting in his report", said Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee.

After a two-month investigation that ended with two weeks of public hearings, the House Intelligence Committee is in the process of developing a report to submit to the Judiciary Committee.

Majority Democrats say the report will speak for itself in laying out possible charges of bribery or "high crimes and misdemeanors", the constitutional standard for impeachment.

Republicans have alternately said Mr. Trump did nothing wrong or that his actions were unfortunate, but not impeachable.

Trump, who denies claims of having tried to leverage aid to Ukraine to hurt former Vice President Joe Biden's chances for reelection, lashed out at Democrats on Twitter overnight, saying that impeachment hearings were timed to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meetings in London on 3-4 December. It's expected to feature four legal experts who will examine questions of constitutional grounds as the committee decides whether to write articles of impeachment against Trump, and if so, what those articles will be.

Collins said Schiff has compared himself to a special counsel and that he should therefore have to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, like Ken Starr, the special prosecutor appointed to then-President Bill Clinton's impeachment case, did in 1998.

Trump criticized the event on a Saturday night tweet and he will be in London on Wednesday. "Hearings scheduled on same dates as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation!" "The big question is going to be whether Jerry Nadler continues that into the Judiciary Committee's hearings".

In a letter, Nadler also asked Republicans on his committee which witnesses they plan to ask permission to subpoena, giving a deadline of 5pm next Friday.

In a separate interview on ABC's "This Week", another Judiciary Committee Republican, Representative Tom McClintock, suggested the possibility that Trump's acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, and his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani should testify.

"We are certainly hoping the president, his counsel will take advantage of that opportunity", she continued.

The committee invited Trump to participate in that hearing and gave him until Sunday evening to say whether he or his legal team would be there.

"They want to ... play a political game and tie the process up in the courts as long as they can and run the clock out", she said. On Sunday, Collins responded to Fox News anchor Chris Wallace's inquiry into whether Trump will mount a legitimate defense of his Ukraine dealings by simply writing off the hearings altogether.

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