The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has announced that it has scheduled its first hearing of the impeachment inquiry for Tuesday, December 4, and it has invited President Trump and his legal team to attend as witnesses.
Representative Jerrold Nadler, the Democratic chairman of the committee, said in a statement that he had written to Trump to remind him that the committee’s rules allow the president to attend the hearing and for his counsel to question the witnesses.
A House Democratic aide declined to comment on whether the Judiciary Committee expected it would have received a report on the Intelligence Committee-led investigation into the Trump administration’s dealings with Ukraine before the hearing.
“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. I hope that he chooses to participate in the inquiry, directly or through counsel, as other presidents have done before him.”
The chairman of the House Intelligence panel, Representative Adam Schiff, said on Tuesday the committees leading the impeachment probe – Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight – would issue their report on the investigation shortly after lawmakers return to Washington on Dec. 3 from their break for the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday.
Nadler has given the White House until Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. to respond to his letter.
“I remain committed to ensuring a fair and informative process,” Nadler said. “While we invite you to this hearing, we remind you that if you continue to refuse to make witnesses and documents available to the committees of jurisdiction, under H. Res. 660, ‘the chair shall have the discretion to impose appropriate remedies.”