Trump’s Impeachment Dilemma: To Take Part Or To Avoid?

It's hard to know what that trial would look like, but the White House clearly may look more favorably on an arena where it could lay out its case without being forced to abide by the enemy's rules.

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President Donald Trump has decried the impeachment inquiry as a hoax and a scam run by Democratic “maniacs.”

The White House has been tight-lipped as it weighs the risks and potential reward of intervening in the House proceedings.

Reminding the President of the stakes, Nadler wrote in his Friday letter that the House Intelligence Committee is preparing its report that will describe “‘a months-long effort in which President Trump again sought foreign interference in our elections for his personal and political benefit at the expense of our national interest'” and engaged in “an unprecedented campaign of obstruction in an effort to prevent the Committees from obtaining documentary evidence and testimony.”

Nadler, Trump
House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, the New York Democrat who will oversee the next phase of the impeachment inquiry inhearings that begin next week, told the White House on Friday that it must give a definitive answer on whether it will participate by 5 p.m. on December 6.

The latest poll found that 50% of Americans say the President should be impeached or removed from office.

Republican pushback

Donald Trump
Trump and his Republican colleagues in the House have complained vociferously about the House Intelligence Committee rules because they were excluded from those hearings.

“It is a Pelosi, Schiff, Scam against the Republican Party and me,” President Donald Trump has continuosly said.

“You have denied the President the right to cross-examine witnesses, to call witnesses, to receive transcripts of testimony, to have access to evidence, to have counsel present, and many other basic rights guaranteed to all Americans.”

White House lawyers could potentially offer Americans alternative theories for the President’s pressure campaign on Ukraine.

But they also would be playing that game under Democratic rules. Already the timing ofthe hearings conflicts with the President’s schedule.

“Kind of hard when Nadler scheduled his hearing when the President is in London,” the official told Acosta. “He [Nadler] has the audacity to ask whether the President will attend.”

Public opinion barely budges

Rudy Giuliani
Other members of Trump’s team, including Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, have testified that Giuliani was the point man arranging a quid pro quo of a White House meeting with Trump for Ukraine’s President in exchange for the Ukrainian President publicly announcing an investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden.

Once the inquiry moves, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican, will be steering the process, giving the White House more control.

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