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House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said it is “unfortunate” that the White House is refusing to participate in Wednesday’s impeachment hearing and asserted, prior to the hearing, that there is already “overwhelming evidence of his [President Trump’s] abuse of power.”
White House Counsel Pat Cipollone wrote a letter to Nadler on Sunday, signaling the president’s intention to refrain from participating in the “baseless and highly partisan” impeachment inquiry.
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As Breitbart News detailed:
Nadler had given the president and his lawyers until 6:00 p.m. EST to respond to a request to participate in the opening hearing of the Judiciary Committee’ inquiry on Wednesday, focusing on constitutional and legal issues. Democrats had prepared four witnesses, unnamed as of Sunday: three were reportedly in favor of impeachment. Separately, Nadler gave the White House a deadline of Friday, Dec. 6, to participate in the broader inquiry.
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Cipollone asserted that the Democrats’ handling of the inquiry “violates all past historical precedent, basic due process rights, and fundamental fairness” and “further pointed out that the opening hearing would ‘include no fact witnesses at all’ and that neither the first nor subsequent hearings were clear about what witnesses would be called, or about what rights the president would be provided,” as Breitbart News reported.
Nadler responded to the letter in a public statement on Monday:
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