Democrats in the US House of Representatives met behind closed doors on Saturday (Dec 7) to prepare for what could be the final week of their months-old impeachment inquiry that has imperiled Donald Trump's presidency. Cipollone's letter did not totally foreclose on the possibility but the letter was sent as a deadline for the president to participate passed. "You should end this inquiry now and not waste even more time with additional hearings", Cipollone wrote.
Trump's non-participation is unprecedented.
Trump and his aides have made clear they now see his impeachment in the House as inevitable and have shifted their focus to the Senate, where Trump allies remain confident Democrats will not have the votes to convict and remove him from office.
Friday was the deadline for President Trump to respond to Nadler's request for participation in a December 9 Judiciary Committee hearing.
With articles of impeachment coming in a matter of days and votes in the House expected by Christmas, Trump's team is hardening its argument that the president did nothing wrong.
The editorial board acknowledged they were "reluctant converts" to the House having to resort to the dire process of drafting articles of impeachment against the sitting president.
Republicans accuse Democrats of conducting a politically motivated witch hunt aimed at ousting Trump using what they call an unfair impeachment process.
Kildee's words coincided in pointing to the same points as the 123-page report released Monday by House Republicans, who also concluded that the "evidence" provided by the Democrats does not prove any of the accusations against the president and that the Democrats' continued efforts are nothing more than "an orchestrated campaign to upend our political system", Roll Call said.
A senior Trump administration official said the White House will not participate in the House Judiciary Committee's next impeachment hearing. Democrats say that those reports no longer reflect "the best available learning" on impeachment and so have been updated.
Trump is the fourth USA president to face impeachment proceedings.
Republicans hope to win back some seats next year, including 31 congressional districts that voted for Trump in 2016.
President Trump has since tweeted to the Democrats: "do it now, fast" describing them as "crazy".
Last week, Nadler had asked White House to participate in the impeachment hearings. Trump has accused the Bidens of corruption.
In releasing his report Saturday, Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said the president's actions are the framers' "worst nightmare".
Democrats also need to settle the question of whether to draft a third article alleging obstruction of justice based on former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on the federal investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Democrats also have accused Trump of abusing his power by withholding $391 million USA in congressionally approved security aid to Ukraine - a vulnerable U.S. ally facing Russian aggression - and holding back a coveted White House meeting with Zelensky as leverage to pressure Kyiv into investigating the Bidens.
President Richard Nixon resigned before he could be impeached.