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Trump Declines to Participate in House Impeachment Hearing

  • White House lawyer criticizes panel for lack of any detail
  • Hearing will examine constitutional framework for impeachment
U.S. President Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump

Photographer: Michael Reynolds/EPA/Bloomberg

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President Donald Trump’s lawyer on Sunday told the House Judiciary Committee the White House would not take part in the panel’s first impeachment hearing on Wednesday, but kept open the possibility he would be represented at future sessions.

Pat Cipollone, counsel to the president, rejected the invitation to take part, criticizing the panel for demanding a response before any witnesses have been named or a schedule for other hearings has been set. He said the entire process has been unfair to the president.