The hearing, titled "The Impeachment Inquiry into President Donald J. Trump: Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment" will address the historical and constitutional basis of impeachment and the examine the intent and understanding the framers of the Constitution had when they used the term "high crimes and misdemeanors".
When questioned whether he was aware Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden in exchange for a White House meeting or USA military aid, Reeker replied, "I do not recall that specifically, no", according to transcripts (pdf) released last week by the House Intelligence Committee.
Trump's counsel has also been invited to attend and participate in the hearing.
On Friday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D.
One article, according to lawmakers and aides involved in the impeachment inquiry, is nearly certain to include what they consider is Trump's abuse of power surrounding his dealings with Ukraine - a situation that Schiff and others have called "bribery", specifically stated as an impeachable offense in the Constitution.More news: Who Is Katie Bouman, the Woman Behind the First Black Hole Photo?
The Judiciary Committee's Democratic staff did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the White House's refusal to participate in the hearing, which would have been the first direct involvement by the Trump camp in a process he has condemned as a partisan "witch hunt". "We need to sort through the severity - the risk to the constitution, the risk to our national security that our president's actions pose".
Appearing on ABC's "This Week", Rep. Val Demings, a Florida Democrat who sits on both the Intelligence and Judiciary committees, urged the president to put forth any exculpatory evidence.
The top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee has called for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff to testify before the panel in its impeachment hearing.
In keeping with committee rules, panel members are expected to be able to review the report starting at 6 p.m. Monday, 24 hours before the scheduled meeting.
"We're making sure were going to get our witnesses in", he vowed, adding: "'The first and foremost person who needs to testify is Adam Schiff.", Collins said.More news: Alli double sends Mourinho's Tottenham up to fifth
Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, signaled that the GOP would continue to use demands for particular witnesses to try to attack the integrity of the process.
Tom McClintock, R-Calif., said on Sunday said it would be advantageous for the president to have a legal team at the hearings. The head of the Democratic caucus, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of NY, said on "Fox News Sunday" that relevant knowledge of facts surrounding Trump's conduct on Ukraine would be the determining factor in whether witnesses would be summoned. I'm wondering about why he does it, "Collins said". Republicans couldn't call witnesses or issue subpoenas. "But why would you want to be involved with a process that clearly, from the beginning, has been as fast as possible with a tight group of witnesses we think help us out after they have done rehearsals behind closed doors". We all would like to hear from Mick Mulvaney. "We like to hear from the secretary of state", Jeffries said.
If approved by the Democratic-controlled House, the charges will then go to the Republican-controlled Senate for the ultimate decision on whether Trump should be removed from office.
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