House Intelligence Committee to meet Tuesday to approve release of Ukraine report

President Donald Trump addresses the Economic Club of New York on Nov. 12 2019 at the Hilton Midtown

President Donald Trump addresses the Economic Club of New York on Nov. 12 2019 at the Hilton Midtown

When the Clinton impeachment hearings took place, the president's legal team had two-and-a-half weeks to prepare and allowed the president to have a say in a hearing date.

The White House has said US President Donald Trump and his lawyers will not attend an impeachment hearing in the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

That committee's first hearing is set for Wednesday and was expected to feature four legal experts to examine constitutional questions in relation to any articles of impeachment.

Mr Trump could not be expected to participate "fairly", White House counsel Pat Cipollone said in a letter to the House Judiciary Committee.

"Why would they want to participate in just another rerun?" asked Collins, D-Ga., noting that the Judiciary Committee previously heard from constitutional scholars on impeachable offenses during special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

He did not rule out participation in future hearings.

Trump has labeled the proceeding by House Democrats a sham, in part because he could not have his lawyers cross-examine intelligence committee witnesses during hearings and depositions.

Members of the intelligence panel will review the report in a classified setting on Monday evening, and the full committee will consider and vote on it on Tuesday before forwarding it to the Judiciary Committee, according to an Intelligence Committee official and a person familiar with the matter.

The Democratic majority on the House Intelligence Committee says its report will speak for itself in laying out possible charges of bribery or "high crimes and misdemeanors", the constitutional standard for impeachment in the United States. That committee is scheduled to hold its first impeachment hearing on December 4.

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If Trump is impeached, he will be only the third such president in American history.

"We are here at this moment right now because the president chose to pressure foreign government to target an American citizen for political gain and at the same time withhold $391 million in military aid from a very vulnerable Ukraine", Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) told Wallace on Fox News Sunday.

Collins renewed demands for Rep. Adam B. Schiff of California, the chairman of the Intelligence Committee and the lead Democrat overseeing last month's public testimony, to testify.

He said calls from Republicans for him to do so signal that "they are not serious about what they are doing". It is unclear whether the White House will cooperate in the impeachment process in any capacity until it reaches the Senate trial.

Collins said Sunday that he was not sure whether Trump would avail himself of the due-process protections that Nadler has offered, including the right to present evidence, suggest witnesses, and cross-examine those whom Democrats call to testify. "If he hasn't done anything wrong, we are certainly anxious to hear his explanation of that".

Appearing on ABC's "This Week", Rep. Val Demings, a Florida Democrat who sits on both the Intelligence and Judiciary committees, urged the president to put forth any exculpatory evidence. The head of the Democratic caucus, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of NY, said on "Fox News Sunday" that relevant knowledge of facts surrounding Trump's conduct on Ukraine would be the determining factor in whether witnesses would be summoned.

Hunter Biden served on the board of a Ukrainian energy company when his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, had some responsibility for the Obama administration's Ukraine policy.

Earlier scrutiny by Ukrainians uncovered no wrongdoing by the Bidens, but Trump, in July, asked Zelenskiy for an investigation as a 'favor, ' while holding up military aid to that country for several months.

"We will also discuss whether your alleged actions warrant the House's exercising its authority to adopt articles of impeachment", he added.

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