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White House says will refuse to take part in impeachment hearing

Monday December 2 2019

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US President Donald Trump. His attorney said on December 1, 2019, that the White House will not participate in congressional hearings that will consider passing impeachment articles against the president. PHOTO | NICHOLAS KAMM | AFP 

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US President Donald Trump's attorney said on Sunday that the White House will not participate in congressional hearings set to begin this week that will consider passing impeachment articles against the president.

"We cannot fairly be expected to participate in a hearing while the witnesses are yet to be named and while it remains unclear whether the Judiciary Committee will afford the President a fair process through additional hearings," White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote in a letter to the Democratic chairman of the Judiciary Committee in the House of Representatives, Jerry Nadler.

The second round of impeachment hearings will begin Wednesday.

"Accordingly, under the current circumstances, we do not intend to participate in your Wednesday hearing," Cipollone wrote.