On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee announced their first public impeachment hearings and invited President Donald Trump and his attorneys to attend.
In the letter, which is signed by House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, reads that “these procedures and the privileges afforded you therein, are consistent with those used in by the Committee in the Nixon and Clinton impeachments.”
The first hearing is scheduled for December 4 at 10 a.m. and Nadler invited Trump and his lawyers to attend — Trump has until December 1 to say whether he will participate in the hearing.
Nadler wrote, “The Committee intends this hearing to serve as an opportunity to discuss the historical and constitutional basis of impeachment, as well as the Framers’ intent and understanding of terms like ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’.”
🚨🚨— Laura Litvan (@LauraLitvan) November 26, 2019
NEW: House Judiciary Cmte just noticed its first impeachment inquiry hearing for Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Chairman Nadler sent a letter to President Trump inviting him to participate. pic.twitter.com/X0jrFTUWos
The Judiciary Committee’s public hearings come after the House Intelligence Committee held two weeks of blockbuster hearings that were watched by millions of Americans. Those hearings were led by House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).
There are a number of committees investigating possible impeachable offenses committed by the president. However, if he is impeached, the Judiciary Committee will be responsible for drafting the articles of impeachment.
Trump has been frustrated for months over the impeachment inquiry and on Tuesday, while pardoning the Thanksgiving turkeys, he joked, “They’ve already received subpoenas to appear in Adam Schiff’s basement on Thursday.”
Trump turns impeachment into a punchline pic.twitter.com/wpOn72UJCx— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 26, 2019
This will be the first chance that Trump has had to make his case on Capitol Hill as it relates to impeachment. During the earlier processes, House Republicans lamented that the White House was not allowed representation.
On Tuesday morning, Trump declared on Twitter that he “would actually like people to testify,” adding that he would “love to have Mike Pompeo, Rick Perry, Mick Mulvaney and many others testify about the phony Impeachment Hoax.”