Published: Tue, December 10, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

White House rejects participation in 'baseless' impeachment probe

White House rejects participation in 'baseless' impeachment probe

L-R: Constitutional law experts, Harvard Law School professor Noah Feldman, Stanford Law School professor Pamela Karlan, University of North Carolina Law School professor Michael Gerhardt and George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley testify during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on the constitutional grounds for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, on December 4, 2019.

Citing what he called "uncontested" evidence that Trump acted improperly to pressure Ukraine, Nadler said the fast pace of the impeachment proceedings was dictated by pressing worries about the integrity of the 2020 campaign.

Hours after Conway's interview, members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee called on the Office of Government Ethics to recommend discipline, given that Trump, who is Conway's "agency head", holds an "inherent conflict of interest" because of the involvement of his daughter's business. "But like any trial judge, you keep the witnesses to the relevancy", he said, adding that "every procedure, every fairness has been given to them".

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy criticized Democrats for their timeline, which he said was unfairly aimed at preventing the nation's voters from making their own choices in the 2020 election.

"He has no way to defend himself", said Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio).

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., makes a statement at the Capitol in Washington on Thursday.

Democrats say Trump abused his power in the July 25 phone call when he asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy for a favor in investigating Democrats and engaged in bribery by withholding almost $400 million in military aide that Ukraine depends on to counter Russian aggression.

The impeachment probe has focused on a July 25 telephone call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to open an investigation into Biden and his son Hunter, and into a discredited theory promoted by Trump and his allies that Ukraine, not Russian Federation, meddled in the 2016 election.

Three legal scholars all agreed that the president should be impeached. In theory it could remove him from office, or censure him, if two-thirds of senators vote to do so.

White House counsel Pat Cipollone informed the Judiciary Committee late Friday that the administration would not be participating in upcoming House hearings. "Trump should be impeached", is one of the first major news outlets to take such a step and joins only a handful of large publications across the country that have called either for his resignation or impeachment.

As an alternative to an article based on the Mueller report, House judiciary Democrats have said they could instead use those findings to demonstrate a repeated pattern of alleged misconduct by Trump to support formal charges of abuse of power and obstruction of congress.

Nadler's committee is to meet starting Monday to review the evidence from investigators and decide whether to charge Trump with abuse of power, bribery and obstruction. The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold another hearing on Monday.

As Democrats consider including evidence from Mueller's probe into the articles, Trump's conduct as detailed in the special counsel's report will at least be part of Monday's discussion. An official working on the inquiry, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss it publicly, said the presentations by the lawyers on each side, Barry H. Berke for the Democrats and Steve Castor for the Republicans, will serve as the "opening arguments".

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