The New York Daily News reports:
The White House told House Democrats Sunday night that the Oval Office will not participate in the Judiciary Committee’s first impeachment hearing.
“Under the current circumstances, we do not intend to participate in your Wednesday hearing,” White House Counsel Pat Cipollone wrote in a letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). “An invitation to an academic discussion with law professors does not begin to provide the president with any semblance of a fair process.”
Wednesday’s hearing will consist mainly of a discussion from a panel of constitutional scholars and law professors to determine if any allegations levied against Trump constitute “high crimes and misdemeanors” outlined in the Constitution.