President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi at the InterContinental Barclay hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
The Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives on Tuesday invited Donald Trump and his lawyers to “participate” in a hearing on 4 December, which will mark the opening of a new phase of the investigation into dismissal against him.
“I hope you and your lawyers will agree to participate in this hearing,” said the elected Democratic Jerry Nadler, who chairs the commission charged with drafting the impeachment articles of the US president. Jerry Nadler assured that he wanted to conduct a “fair and informative” procedure and emphasized that the participation of the President and his lawyers was not the result of a “right” but of a “privilege” or “courtesy” given to Donald Trump. Donald Trump, who denounced a “joke” or a “hoax”, had assured a week ago on Twitter “seriously consider” to testify in Congress, perhaps in writing. Jerry Nadler’s mail marks a new step in the impeachment process that darkens the New York billionaire’s reelection campaign. Democrats blame Donald Trump.
They accuse him of abusing his power for personal gain, including freezing military aid to pressure Kiev. Over the past two months, the Intelligence Committee has conducted the investigation and heard about fifteen witnesses, including public hearings, without the White House having a say. This investigation phase is complete and the Intelligence Committee should soon report to the Judiciary Committee. After discussing the constitutional framework, the latter will draft articles specifying any charges against the President, which will be put to a vote in plenary.

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