White House says it will not participate in Wednesday's Trump impeachment hearing

President Donald Trump exits Air Force One on Dec. 1 2019 following a trip to his Mar-a Lago estate in Florida

President Donald Trump exits Air Force One on Dec. 1 2019 following a trip to his Mar-a Lago estate in Florida

Members of the House Intelligence Committee chaired by Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) will have 24 hours to view a draft report on the Democrat-led impeachment probe before a vote on Tuesday night, Politico reported late November 30.

The vote, likely to break along party lines, is a formality allowing the Democrat-controlled body to pass the impeachment inquiry on to the Judiciary Committee, which is scheduled to begin its proceedings Wednesday.

Schiff has dismissed the prospect of being a witness during the Judiciary Committee's hearings, saying on CNN that calling him to testify would only serve to "mollify the president".

Nadler sent a letter to the White House last week in which he was informed that he had until December 6 to call witnesses or present evidence to defend the commander-in-chief during the hearings dismissal.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is said to be preparing the report in such a way that allows the Judiciary Committee to draft articles of impeachment for allegations of "obstruction of Congress".

The House Judiciary Committee is slated to hold its first impeachment hearing on Wednesday, with a panel of constitutional experts explaining exactly what constitutes an impeachable offense, including defining the nebulous "high crime and misdemeanor" term specified in the Constitution. Fox & Friends covered this while saying Nadler is ignoring Judiciary Ranking Republican Doug Collins' letters about the hearing process, and they also lamented that impeachment is still happening while Trump is going overseas for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting. "I question his motives and why he's doing this", the Judiciary Committee's Ranking Member explained.

"We're making sure were going to get our witnesses in", he vowed, adding: "'The first and foremost person who needs to testify is Adam Schiff.", Collins said. The Judiciary Committee gave the White House until Sunday evening to decide whether Trump or his attorneys would attend.

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 Rep. Tom Cole. I'm wondering about why he does it, "Collins said". "If he has not done anything wrong, we're certainly anxious to hear his explanation of that".

The list of desired witnesses House Democrats would like to subpoena to the committee has not been disclosed.

At incendiary campaign-style rallies across the country, Trump has repeatedly railed against the impeachment proceedings as a sham, a hoax and a witch hunt.

"The question is should that misconduct result in impeachment", Lofgren said.

"Over the course of our inquiry, we have uncovered a months-long effort in which President Trump again sought foreign interference in our elections for his personal and political benefit at the expense of our national interest", Schiff said in the letter.

But Representative Hakeem Jeffries, a Democratic member of the Judiciary Committee, said the Democrats would "act quickly".

The Marquette University Law School Poll found that 40 percent of Wisconsin voters believe the president should be impeached and removed by the Senate, while about 53 percent disagree, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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