"We're certainly hoping that the president, his counsel, will take advantage of that opportunity if he has not done anything wrong", said Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., a member of both the Intelligence and Judiciary committees.
He did not rule out participation in future hearings.
The impeachment hearings are an effort by the Democrats to establish whether Trump withheld usa military aid to Ukraine to pressure the Central Asian country's President Volodymyr Zelensky into announcing a corruption inquiry into Joe Biden, Trump's leading Democratic Party rival in the U.S. presidential poll in 2020.
"More importantly, an invitation to an academic discussion with law professors does not begin to provide the president with any semblance of a fair process", Cipollone wrote.
On Monday, Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D.
"Why would they want to participate in just another rerun?" asked Collins, D-Ga., noting that the Judiciary Committee previously heard from constitutional scholars on impeachable offenses during special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.
Collins appeared on "Fox News Sunday" and Demings and McClintock on "This Week" from ABC. "I quiz his motives for why he's doing it", Collins stated. Now he is refusing a hearing in House Judiciary. And that it was not a good reason to call a congressman a witness.
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.
Donald Trump's re-election campaign said Monday it would bar reporters from Bloomberg News from covering the president's campaign rallies after the global news outlet announced a new reporting policy for a 2020 race that includes its billionaire owner. Nadler has given the president a deadline of December 6 to indicate whether he plans on mounting a defense.
They contend Trump abused his office by requesting Ukraine's new president announce investigations of Joe and Hunter Biden, as well as the Democratic National Committee, in exchange for a military aid package and a White House meeting. Nor does it use the sneaky speeches of politicians, "said McClintock. That's his right", he said.
In continuing the West Wing's attack on the House process, Cipollone said the proceeding "violates all past historical precedent, basic due process rights, and fundamental fairness". Schiff and the other Democrats haven't been denying Trump any "due process"-there's just an order and, well, a process to impeachment". But as the process moves closer to taking a vote on the House floor, it's possible some Democrats, especially those from competitive districts, may back away.
"You have given no information regarding your plans, set arbitrary deadlines, and then demanded a response, all to create the false appearance of providing the President some rudimentary process", Cipollone wrote.
The timing of the Wednesday hearing is another red flag.
Late Sunday, White House counsel Pat Cipollone denounced the "baseless and highly partisan inquiry". Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who will make the final decision, has not said yet whether the Republican president should be formally impeached.
The list of desired witnesses House Democrats would like to subpoena to the committee has not been disclosed. A third phase would allow the White House and the president to present evidence and witnesses on their behalf.
John Micklethwait, Bloomberg News editor in chief, defended the decision. "I think they need to keep it simple and drive home two simple points". We all would like to hear from Mick Mulvaney.
"We're actually celebrating 70 years of NATO", Pompeo said.