House Judiciary schedules first impeachment hearing, invites Trump

Hearing to review constitutional grounds for drafting articles of impeachment

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., center, will hold his first impeachment hearing next week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House Judiciary Committee has invited President Donald Trump to participate in a hearing next week on the constitutional justification for impeachment.

Chairman Jerrold Nadler announced that his panel will hold its first impeachment hearing at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The New York Democrat also wrote to the president asking if he intends to participate either personally or through his attorneys, pursuant to the House resolution that set the ground rules for the impeachment process.

“If you would like to participate in the hearing, please provide the Committee with notice as soon as possible, but no later than by 6:00 pm on December 1, 2019. By that time, I ask that you also indicate who will act as your counsel for these proceedings,” Nadler wrote.

The committee is scheduled to convene in the Ways and Means Committee hearing room in the Longworth House Office Building, which has also hosted the Intelligence Committee’s impeachment hearings.

House Intelligence Chairman Adam B. Schiff said earlier this week the Judiciary Committee would receive a report from the Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs panels on the evidence gathered so far in the impeachment inquiry “soon after Congress returns from the Thanksgiving recess.”

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