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House Judiciary Committee announces its first Trump impeachment hearing

Democratic Counsel Daniel Goldman questions Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, next to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) during a House Intelligence Committee hearing as part of the impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 15, 2019. (Joshua Roberts/REUTERS/Pool/Abaca Press/TNS)

The House Judiciary Committee will hold its first impeachment hearing on Dec. 4 focused on defining impeachment for House members who will be tasked with deciding whether to bring articles of impeachment against President Trump.

In a letter to Trump, Judiciary Committee chairman Gerald Nadler (D-NY) invited the president and his counsel to participate, giving him a Dec. 1 deadline to respond. The president may not even be in the country to attend. Trump is scheduled to attend the NATO Summit in London, which ends the afternoon of Dec. 4.

“We expect to discuss the constitutional framework through which the House may analyze the evidence gathered in the present inquiry. We will also discuss whether your alleged actions warrant the House’s exercising its authority to adopt articles of impeachment,” Nadler said in the letter.

So far, Trump and the White House have refused to participate in the impeachment inquiry, blocking more than a dozen high-ranking federal officials from testifying or providing documents.

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