The White House said Sunday that it would not participate in the first political trial hearings before the House Judicial Committee while the Democrats were preparing to approve a report justifying the removal of President Donald Trump.
"The radical left Democrats ... decided, this was set up a year ago, decided this was the right time", he said Monday, saying a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit is among the "most important" trips a US president makes annually.
"If you really want to have a fair process and, in order to protect the rights and privileges of the chair, we may be able to participate in the future proceedings of the Judiciary Committee if you give the administration the opportunity to do so in a meaningful way".
Their exact findings are not publicly known, but the report is expected to lay out a case for Trump's abuse of his presidential powers - that he used the promise of a White House meeting and the withholding of military aid approved by Congress to compel Ukraine's government to launch politically motivated investigations into his political rivals.
The Judiciary Committee's first hearing on "Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment" is expected to kick off a frantic month of activity in the House.
These reports also indicate that the Judiciary Committee now intend to call three academic witnesses, but will allow Republicans to call only one such witness.
Congressional investigators have been looking into whether Mr Trump abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to launch investigations of former Democratic vice-president Joe Biden, who is running to unseat him in the 2020 presidential election, and a discredited conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russian Federation, interfered in the 2016 United States presidential election.
As for letting Trump defend himself, we're approaching the part of the impeachment process where that could actually happen.
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As the impeachment inquiry intensifies, Wednesday's hearing will be a milestone. Many found ways to cover them other ways, by entering as members of the public.
Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) during a House Intelligence Committee hearing November 20.
The news comes after President Trump is expected to suffer crumbling support from the United States public, according to analysis from a presidential historian in the wake of the hearings.
Schiff hasn't commented on whether he would refuse to testify if called to do so, but said Republicans would show a "fundamental lack of seriousness" if they subpoenaed him. "He also doesn't use the smarmy talk of politicians", McClintock said.
"I mean, when you have 50 percent of the country wanting you, not just impeached, but removed from office, and the game hasn't even gotten fast yet".
The Democratic president of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, who will make the final decision, has not yet said whether the Republican president should be dismissed.
"I do not believe it, so I'm not going to answer a hypothetical which is created to simply say that the president did something improper", Collins remarked, adding that "he did nothing improper".
Schiff has brushed off demands from Trump and Republicans to testify.