The White House said Sunday it will not participate in the House Judiciary Committee's first impeachment hearing on Wednesday but left open the possibility that it may take part in future proceedings.
In a letter to committee chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., White House Counsel Pat Cipollone called the hearing, which will explore the “historical and constitutional basis of impeachment,” unfair.
"An academic discussion cannot retroactively fix an irretrievably broken process," Cipollone said.
He added that it wasn’t clear who was expected to attend the hearing and that President Donald Trump would be in London that day attending a NATO meeting.
The letter asserted that “all” of Trump’s due process rights had been violated by the House impeachment inquiry into the president's dealings with Ukraine. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the inquiry in September.
Neither the President nor his attorneys will participate in Wednesday's House Judiciary impeachment hearing, they said in a letter to Chairman Nadler https://t.co/2keabqIztB pic.twitter.com/Btu5QvWDWN— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) December 2, 2019
Trump White House tells Jerry Nadler to shove it! https://t.co/ewUrw9CIfE— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) December 2, 2019