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White House Tells Democrats It Wont Partake in Hearings: End This Inquiry Now

The White Houses counsel called on the House Judiciary Committee and its chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), to get the impeachment process over with and indicated the Trump administration will not participate.

“House Democrats have wasted enough of Americas time with this charade,” White House Counsel Pat Cipollone wrote to Nadler. “You should end this inquiry now and not waste even more time with additional hearings.”

He added that “adopting articles of impeachment” would be an abuse of power by the Democratic House majority and would be the “most unjust, highly partisan, and unconstitutional attempt at impeachment” in U.S. history.

A letter from White House counsel Pat Cipollone (White House)

“Your impeachment inquiry is completely baseless and has violated basic principles of due process and fundamental fairness,” the letter added. “Nevertheless, the Speaker of the House yesterday ordered House Democrats to proceed with articles of impeachment before your Committee has heard a single shred of evidence.”

Friday was the deadline for President Trump to respond to Nadlers request for participation in a Dec. 9 Judiciary Committee hearing.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Thursday that her caucus would proceed with drafting articles of impeachment against Trump and alleged that based on the evidence Democrats have gathered, he violated his oath of office and should be impeached.

Jerry Nadler on capitol hill
Jerry Nadler on capitol hill
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) leaves a House Democrats meeting at the Capitol on May 22, 2019. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Trump and Republicans have consistently denied he did anything wrong.

His committee is responsible for drafting articles of impeachment and would have to approve them before sending them to the full House for a vote. Passage of formal charges would lead to a trial in the Republican-led Senate on whether to remove TRead More – Source