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The White House Has Refused To Participate In This Sham Impeachment Inquiry Calling It Baseless And Highly Partisan. “I write in response to your letter of November 26, 2019, to President Trump regarding the purported “impeachment inquiry” currently being conducted by Democrats in the House of Representatives (“House”). As you know, this baseless and highly partisan inquiry violates all past historical precedent, basic due process rights, and fundamental fairness.” (Politico, 12/01/19)
In Their Response, The White House Noted That They Simultaneously Invited The Administration’s Participation While Scheduling The Hearing During The President’s Meeting With NATO Leaders In London. “Your letter asked that the President notify the House Committee on the Judiciary (“Judiciary Committee” or “Committee”) by December 1, 2019, whether the Administration intends to participate in a hearing scheduled for December 4, 2019. 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.” (Politico, 12/01/19)
The White House Also Attacked The Lack Of Transparency Concerning The Initial Hearing Saying: “Although The Hearing Is Set To Occur In Just Three Days, You Still Have Not Disclosed The Identities Of The Witnesses Who Will Appear.” “Although the hearing is set to occur in just three days, you still have not disclosed the identities of the witnesses who will appear. Press reports as late as this afternoon indicate that the identities of these witnesses, apparently all academics, have not even been provided to other Democrats on the Judiciary Committee. These reports also indicate that you currently intend to call three academic witnesses, but will allow Republicans to call only one such witness. Worse, while providing no information, you have demanded a response from the President.” (Politico, 12/01/19)
The White House Highlighted That The Judiciary Committee Has Provided No Information On Further Hearings Intended By The Committee, What Dates These Hearings Will Occur, What Witnesses Will Be Called, What The Schedule Will Be, Or What Rights, If Any, The Committee Intends To Afford The President. “You also sent another letter on November 29, 2019, setting a different deadline of December 6 for the President to provide notice as to whether the Administration intends to participate in additional, unspecified hearings that apparently will occur after that date and to specify the rights the President wishes to exercise at these additional hearings. Again, your letter provided no information whatsoever as to the dates these hearings will occur, what witnesses will be called, what the schedule will be, what the procedures will be, or what rights, if any, the Committee intends to afford the President.” (Politico, 12/01/19)
The White House Exposed How Partisan The Committee Is By Noting That Clinton Witnesses Were Allowed Two And Half Weeks’ Notice To Prepare For Any Hearings And It Scheduled The Hearing On A Date Suggested By The President’s Attorneys. “For example, when the Judiciary Committee scheduled a similar hearing during the Clinton impeachment process, it allowed those questioning the witnesses two and-a-half weeks’ notice to prepare, and it scheduled the hearing on a date suggested by the President’s attorneys. Today, by contrast, you have afforded the President no scheduling input, no meaningful information, and so little time to prepare that you have effectively denied the Administration a fair opportunity to participate.” (Politico, 12/01/19)