The House Judiciary Committee plans to hold a public impeachment hearing for Donald Trump on December 4, and guess who’s invited?
“I have… written to President Trump to remind him that the Committee’s impeachment inquiry rules allow for the President to attend the hearing and for his counsel to question the witness panel”, Jerry Nadler said in a statement, adding that “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”.
It’s nice of Jerry to present the issue that way, but we all know that’s not how Trump will pitch it to his base. Rather, he’ll likely decry the whole thing as a “sham” on the way to snubbing the proceedings, and then claim he wasn’t afforded due process.
“I hope that he chooses to participate in the inquiry, directly or through counsel, as other Presidents have done before him”, Nadler said.
The hearing is called: “The Impeachment Inquiry into President Donald J. Trump: Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment” and will feature a group of constitutional scholars in order to help inform the discussion over whether Trump’s actions are, in fact, “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
Nadler is set to receive a written report from Adam Schiff and the House Intelligence committee summarizing key findings after weeks of testimony from a parade of current and former officials, all of whom have either implicated Trump or, at the least, backed up the allegations found in the whistle-blower complaint at the heart of the probe.
You can read our full, exhaustive coverage of the two-month-old proceedings here.
Trump was given a deadline. The president has until 6 pm on Sunday to let the committee know whether he plans to show up for his own political funeral.
The full letter from Nadler to Trump can be found below.
Meanwhile, Trump pardoned the National Thanksgiving Turkey. Congrats to “Butter”.
Too bad he can’t do the same for himself.