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Judiciary Committee gives Trump deadline to call witnesses, present evidence in impeachment hearings

Key Points
  • House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler gave President Donald Trump until Dec. 6 to present witnesses and call evidence in upcoming impeachment hearings. 
  • The Judiciary Committee will hold its first hearing on Dec. 4 on the constitutional basis of impeachment.
  • It is the Judiciary Committee's ultimate responsibility to draft the specific articles of impeachment that will then be voted on by the House and passed to the Senate. 
Representative Jerry Nadler, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee
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President Donald Trump has until Dec. 6 to call witnesses and present evidence in impeachment hearings led by the Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee, the committee's chair Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, wrote in a letter on Friday.

The Judiciary Committee will hold its first hearing on Dec. 4 on the constitutional basis of impeachment. The hearing comes following the House Intelligence Committee's weeks-long inquiry into allegations the Trump administration withheld military aid to Ukraine in exchange for investigations into Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President and current Democratic candidate Joe Biden. The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, led by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-CA, will present a report on its findings to be used by Judiciary Committee.

The House Judiciary Committee is also investigating whether President Trump obstructed justice during special counsel Robert Mueller's inquiry into Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election.

It is the Judiciary Committee's ultimate responsibility to draft the specific articles of impeachment that will then be voted on by the House and sent to the Senate.

Earlier this month, President Trump said that he will "strongly consider" testifying in the House's impeachment probe. During Mueller's inquiry into the Trump campaign, the president and his legal counsel initially signaled openness to be interviewed under oath, though backed down over concerns of a "perjury trap."

In a separate letter, Nadler also gave Rep. Doug Collins, R-GA, the ranking member of the committee, the same Dec. 6 deadline to propose witnesses to question and subpoena for the upcoming hearings. Under the house impeachment rules, Nadler has the power to confirm those requests, though the Judiciary Committee can also vote to override Nadler. The chair also scheduled a committee meeting on Dec. 9 to sort out such conflicts.

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Key Points
  • The House Judiciary Committee is set to hold its first impeachment hearing on Wednesday.
  • The panel is expected to hear from legal scholars, though it has yet to announce who will be called to speak.
  • The panel has offered an invitation to one notable guest: President Donald Trump himself.
  • While the White House did not reject Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler's invitation outright, it reiterated some of Trump's harshest words about the inquiry.