In a letter to the White House officials, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler has furnished a deadline of December 6. The deadline requires the President and others to confirm if the officials at the White House want to participate in the committee’s impeachment hearing or not.
The recently offered deadline requires the White House officials to recommend testimony and acquire or offer the evidence to participate in the future impeachment hearings.
Earlier, Nadler gave Sunday’s deadline and mentioned that the first impeachment hearing is scheduled for Wednesday. He even offered the president to send someone to represent him in the House proceedings on Wednesday as it might involve questioning witnesses as well.
Jerry Nadler provided the December 6 deadline for participation in the impeachment hearing to his Republican counterpart Rep. Doug Collins as well.
In his letter addressed to Trump and Collins, Nadler said, “In anticipation of consideration of these matters, I am writing to determine if your counsel will seek to exercise the specific privileges set forth in the Judiciary Committee’s impeachment procedures adopted pursuant to H. Res. 660 and participate in the upcoming impeachment proceedings.”
The House Judiciary Committee added, “In particular, please provide the committee with notice of whether your counsel intends to participate, specifying which of the privileges your counsel seeks to exercise, no later than 5 p.m. on December 6, 2019.”
Even though the White House officials have been asked to take part in the impeachment hearing, Jerry Nadler can still impact the hearing in more than one way. Not only can he take away the privileges offered to the White House officials, he can also force the officials to present a witness if they try to block the testimony.
Moreover, at any given time Nadler can backtrack from the privileges offered to Collins and deny the latter’s request of providing subpoenas for the witness.
To clear the road for the president’s impeachment, the House Judiciary Committee has gathered evidence from the testimony of 12 witnesses in five days of hearing, which records various State Department and national security officials, claiming that Trump did ask for investigation to impact the presidential campaign of Joe Biden.
The officials also said that the investigations into Democratic hopeful Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden were carried out in exchange of the meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and a military aid of $400 million.
The committee chaired by Jerry Nadler is prepared to schedule a hearing in Trump’s defense in the week of December 9 and the voting on impeachment to be carried out in the week of December 16. With impeachment in its final stage, will the entire process backfire the Democrats or will Trump become the third president to be impeached?