It’s put up or shut up time.
President Trump is facing a Friday afternoon deadline to decide whether he’s going to participate in the remaining House impeachment hearings or keep stonewalling the fast-moving process that could culminate in his removal from office.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler has given Trump a 5 p.m. deadline to say whether he will personally attend or dispatch White House lawyers to any of the proceedings leading up to a vote on articles of impeachment.
Nadler (D-N.Y.) has noticed a Monday hearing that will feature Republican and Democratic lawyers who worked on the House Intelligence Committee’s inquiry into Trump’s attempts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and other Democrats before the 2020 election.
It’s unclear whether Nadler will host any more hearings before his committee votes on articles of impeachment and sends them over to the full House.
Members of the judiciary panel are staying on Capitol Hill over the weekend to draft articles in light of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Thursday announcement that a floor impeachment vote will happen.
A judiciary committee vote to pass articles could take place as early as mid-next week, according to congressional aides.
As established by the resolution that kicked off the impeachment inquiry, Trump has the right to attend or have lawyers present for the House Judiciary Committee’s proceedings.
However, Trump has repeatedly signaled he won’t play ball, regularly trashing the proceedings as a “hoax.”
The president turned down an invitation to have lawyers present for the judiciary committee’s first impeachment hearing Wednesday, with his White House counsel saying the Democratic inquiry is “irretrievably broken.”