Trump not to attend impeachment hearing
Panel to meet tomorrow on charges
WASHINGTON, Dec 2: US President Donald Trump and his lawyers will not attend an impeachment hearing on Wednesday, citing a lack of "fairness".
The hearing by the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee marks the next stage of the probe, with legal experts giving testimony that could lead to a vote of impeachment. It is alleged the president pressured Ukraine to conduct two investigations for his own political gain. Trump has denied any wrongdoing.
After weeks of closed-door witness interviews and public hearings, the process will now focus on possible charges of misconduct, which could lead to an impeachment vote in the House and trial in the Republican-led Senate.
US President Donald Trump's attorney said on Sunday that the White House will not participate in congressional hearings set for Wednesday that will consider passing impeachment articles against the president.
"We cannot fairly be expected to participate in a hearing while the witnesses are yet to be named and while it remains unclear whether the Judiciary Committee will afford the President a fair process through additional hearings," White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote in a letter to Jerry Nadler, the Democratic chairman of the Judiciary Committee in the House of Representatives.
"Accordingly, under the current circumstances, we do not intend to participate in your Wednesday hearing," Cipollone wrote. -AFP