‘Getting, But Waiving, Due Process’: Despite Cries of Unfairness,Trump Refuses Impeachment Hearing Invite

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White House counsel Pat Cipollone informed the House Judiciary Committee late Sunday that President Donald Trump and his lawyers will not participate in the panel’s first impeachment hearing this week, a move Democratic lawmakers highlighted as further evidence that the president’s repeated complaints about lack of due process have been completely empty.

“Not one process complaint made by the president and his Republican allies in Congress so far has turned out to be genuine,” tweeted Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.).

In a letter (pdf) to Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Cipollone described the impeachment proceedings as unfair and said the president will not take part in the scheduled Wednesday hearing, which will feature a panel of constitutional scholars and law professors.

“Under the current circumstances, we do not intend to participate in your Wednesday hearing,” Cipollone wrote to Nadler. “It is too late to cure the profound procedural deficiencies that have tainted this entire inquiry. 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.”

Cipollone’s letter comes less than a week after Nadler formally invited Trump and his attorneys to attend and participate in the December 4 hearing.

“The committee’s impeachment inquiry rules allow for the president to attend the hearing and for his counsel to question the witness panel,” Nadler said in a statement last Tuesday. “At base, the president has a choice to make: he can take this opportunity to be represented in the impeachment hearings, or he can stop complaining about the process.”

Trump and his GOP allies in Congress have repeatedly decried the House impeachment proceedings as a “sham,” even as Republicans have been allowed to participate in hearings and question witnesses both behind closed doors and in public.

In October, the president called the impeachment inquiry a “lynching,” sparking widespread outrage.

“We’re bending over backward to be fair,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, tweeted Sunday. “The onus is on President Trump to, for once, behave and engage with Congress. If he has a defense, we on House Judiciary—along with the American people—are eager to hear it.”

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4 Comments on "‘Getting, But Waiving, Due Process’: Despite Cries of Unfairness,Trump Refuses Impeachment Hearing Invite"

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Rutokin
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Rutokin

What a dumbass, now he has the opportunity to actually say something to try to defend himself and he’s squandering it. Has he lost all sense of reality? He should’ve sent his attorneys to at least sit through the proceedings to stay somewhat informed.

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico

There is no way to defend what he’s done !

chris whitley
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chris whitley

From anyone else might be a problem. They might give something to show their innocence. But with trump at least he’s saving us from listening to him lie his ass off again.

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico

Due process is mandated by the constitution.
I realize Trump’s never read the constitution, but you’d think some of his staff has !
So are these attorneys of at least some repute ?
The whole United States intelligences,
( thousands of professional’s ) have told him that Russia interfered with our 2016 elections .
Where in hell does he get his information, that says the Ukraine interfered with our election.
This is nuts . Trump ,is mentally deranged.