In his letter, Nadler said the hearing was intended as an opportunity to discuss the historical and constitutional basis of impeachment, as well as the meaning of terms like "high crimes and misdemeanors". But Trump tweeted an image of his head superimposed on the muscular body of a champion boxer. Asked by host Bill O'Reilly what Giuliani was doing on his behalf in Ukraine, Trump said, "I don't even know", adding that Giuliani had other clients as well.
President Donald Trump arrives to give the national Thanksgiving turkey a presidential pardon on November 26.
The Democratic-led House is aiming to resolve the question of Trump's impeachment before the end of the year, possibly by approving formal charges known as articles of impeachment and forwarding them to the Republican-controlled Senate for a trial that could begin in January.
The White House has until December 1 to announce who will attend, but it's unlikely to be the president himself.
The complaint alleged that Trump improperly leveraged USA military aid to coerce the opening of politically beneficial investigations during his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.
"I remind you that participation by the President or his counsel has been described by the Committee in past inquiries as 'not a right but a privilege or a courtesy which is being extended to the President's counsel",' Nadler wrote in a letter to the White House.
Ultimately, a few days after three House committees launched a wide-ranging investigation into the allegations that Trump, his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and possibly others, tried to pressure the Ukrainian government to dig up dirt on Trump's political rivals, the State Department told Congress on September 11 that it would release the remaining Ukraine aid, and Defense Department aid was finally released on September 12, the summary said.
The charges are expected to mostly focus on Ukraine. That article would center on the Democrats' assertion, based on witness testimony, that Trump used his office to pressure Ukraine into politically motivated investigations. The remainder of the funds were reportedly released September 27 and September 30 - the last day of the fiscal year. If impeached, which is more likely as Democrats control the House, the senate will hold a trial, with Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts in the chair.
The documents, which represent only a portion of the materials requested by the committee, have not been publicly released, but NBC News has reviewed a Budget Committee summary of their contents. "This is an urgent matter that can not wait if we are to protect the nation's security and the integrity of our elections".
On Tuesday, the House Intelligence Committee released transcripts of closed-door testimony from Mark Sandy, a career official with the White House Office of Management and Budget, and Philip Reeker, acting assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs.
"I know that members of this committee have frequently framed these complicated issues in the form of a simple question: 'Was there a quid pro quo?'" Sondland testified.
Trump knew about the whistleblower complaint against him, his Attorney General and his Office of Management and Budget when he made a decision to release the aid he ILLEGALLY withheld from Ukraine.