Trump tweets criticizing number of GOP impeachment lawyers after declining invitation to participate in hearing
Remember: It’s worth noting the White House was invited to participate in the first hearing in the House Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday. Trump and his attorneys declined.
Trump tweets: “The President of Ukraine has just again announced that President Trump has done nothing wrong”
President Trump tweeted this morning touting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s interviews with various magazines.
Some background: In an interview, Zelensky was asked about a quid pro quo in the administration’s move to block military aid to Ukraine last summer. He said, “I never talked to the President from the position of a quid pro quo” though he also said, “If you’re our strategic partner, then you can’t go blocking anything for us.”“Look, I never talked to the President from the position of a quid pro quo,” Zelensky said, according to a partial transcript released by Time.
“That’s not my thing. … I don’t want us to look like beggars. But you have to understand. We’re at war. If you’re our strategic partner, then you can’t go blocking anything for us. I think that’s just about fairness. It’s not about a quid pro quo. It just goes without saying.”
What’s happening in the impeachment inquiry this week
The House is pressing forward with its impeachment inquiry into President Trump. It’s set to be a busy December, with Democrats tentatively planning to hold a vote to possibly impeach the President by Christmas.
Here’s a look at what we’re expecting this week:
- Today: The House Intelligence Committee is expected to allow members to review the committee’s impeachment report. It summarizes the panel’s findings from its two-month investigation into Trump and Ukraine, in which a dozen witnesses testified publicly.
- Tomorrow: The Intelligence Committee is expected to vote to approve the impeachment report.
- Wednesday: The House Judiciary Committee will hold its first impeachment hearing. Trump and his attorneys were invited to participate, but they declined.
- Friday: House Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler has given the White House a 5 p.m. Friday deadline to give a definitive answer on whether it will participate in the impeachment inquiry.