Published: Tue, December 03, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

US House panel to meet on Trump impeachment charges

US House panel to meet on Trump impeachment charges

- Lawyers for President Donald Trump said Sunday that they will not participate in the House Judiciary Committee's first public hearing Wednesday as House Democrats prepare to shift the direction of the inquiry toward drafting articles of impeachment against the president.

The expected release of the report, coming almost two weeks after the last public hearing conducted by the Intelligence Committee, continues a breakneck pace for House Democrats as they investigate the potential impeachment of the president.

Politico reported if Nadler follows the model of former President Bill Clinton's impeachment, the second set of hearings would see Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff and others presenting their findings to the Judiciary Committee.

Speaking to reporters as he departed the White House on Monday en route to London for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, Trump said he had declined to participate in the hearing because it was a hoax.

(L-R) Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) stands next to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) as he speaks to reporters following a closed-door hearing with the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on November 4, 2019.

The report is expected to be forwarded to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration of articles of impeachment against Trump.

Trump campaign officials, who have been weighing how to respond for the past week, called it a bias decision.

"It's easy to hide behind a report", Georgia's Doug Collins, a Republican, who heads the Judiciary Committee, said.

But Micklethwait said the publication will still investigate the Trump administration, calling it "the government of the day".

Congressional investigators have been looking into whether Trump abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to launch investigations of former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden, who is running to unseat him in the 2020 presidential election, and a discredited conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russian Federation, interfered in the 2016 USA presidential election.

President Trump remains under intense scrutiny at the end of 2019, as impeachment proceedings continue towards the beginning of impending USA elections.

Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., a member of the Judiciary Committee, said on "This Week" that he thought it "would be to the president's advantage" to have counsel participate in the upcoming hearings.

Pat Cipollone added that the White House would write a separate letter on whether Trump would mount a defence in further impeachment proceedings.

"Democrats are holding the most ridiculous political trial hearings in history".

Collins tried to turn the tables on Democrats, saying Republicans want Schiff, the House impeachment manager, to testify.

Adam Schiff, the Democratic chairman of the Intelligence Committee, said the committees leading the probe - Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs - are now working on their report, which will be issued on 3 December. Despite the seriousness of the matter, the Republican said he will not attend.

Media captionWhat does it take to impeach a president?

The Republican report specifically notes the call summary provided by the White House of Trump's conversation with Zelensky on July 25.

He said Republicans are united in opposing impeachment and the inquiry is backfiring on Democrats, adding, "I think it is going to be a tremendous boost for the Republicans". A final phase would consider articles of impeachment before sending them to the House floor.

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