White House Announces It Will Not Participate In Impeachment Inquiry

Headline Roundup December 7th, 2019

In a letter to House Judiciary Committee members on Friday, the White House announced that it will not participate in Democrats' ongoing impeachment proceedings, calling the inquiry "completely baseless" and in violation of "basic principles of due process and fundamental fairness." The 200-word statement, sent by White House counsel Pat Cipollone to House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler, clarifies an earlier message that had left the door open to the administration sending counsel to represent President Donald Trump at future hearings.

Some media outlets noted that the decision breaks with precedents established by earlier administrations involved in impeachment inquiries, including those of Nixon and Clinton.

White House Announces It Will Not Participate In Impeachment Inquiry

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The White House indicated Friday that it does not intend to mount a defense in the ongoing impeachment hearings into President Donald Trump. White House counsel Pat Cipollone made the announcement in a letter to House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) Friday, in which he called the proceedings “completely baseless.”

The letter clarifies some uncertainty created by a previous missive Cipollone sent to the Judiciary Committee in which he refused to make clear whether Trump would participate in upcoming hearings.

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The White House said Friday it will not participate in House Judiciary Committee impeachment proceedings, blasting the inquiry as "completely baseless" in a curt response to Democrats ahead of Monday's scheduled hearing.

“House Democrats have wasted enough of America’s time with this charade," White House counsel Pat Cipollone said in a scathing one-page letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., obtained by Fox News. "You should end this inquiry now and not waste even more time with additional hearings."

Friday was the deadline for Trump to respond to Nadler's...

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President Trump has decided to stay out of the impeachment inquiry being conducted by the House of Representatives.

White House counsel Pat Cipollone rejected an offer from House Democrats that would have allowed the president to send counsel to represent him at future impeachment hearings.

In a short two-paragraph letter to Democrats, Cipollone said the impeachment inquiry is "completely baseless and has violated basic principles of due process and fundamental fairness."

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