The hearing by the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee will take place on Wednesday and will see legal experts providing testimony that may lead to a vote on President Trump’s future. He had been invited to attend “directly or through a counsel” by NAME, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Despite the seriousness of the matter, the Republican said he will not attend.
White House counsel Pat Cipollone accused the Committee of a “complete lack of due process and fundamental fairness”, adding President Trump would not have enough time to prepare for the event.
Mr Cipollone also argued the Committee had not issued any information to embattled President Trump about the witnesses called.
Reports had suggested witnesses were “apparently all academics” and the hearing would include “no fact witnesses”, according to Mr Cipollone.
This is relevant because a witness will base their testimony on personal knowledge of the event while an expert witness will offer a judge their opinion, the BBC reports.
Mr Cipollone said in his reply to the invitation: “Your letter provides little information about the upcoming hearing. It vaguely indicates that you intend to hold a hearing to discuss the ‘historical and constitutional basis of impeachment’.
“We understand from rumours and press reports (though not from any notice provided in your letter or in the official notice of the hearing) that the hearing will consist of an academic discussion by law professors.
“We understand this to mean that your initial hearing will include no fact witnesses at all.”
The news comes after President Trump is expected to suffer crumbling support from the US public, according to analysis from a presidential historian in the wake of the hearings.
Presidential historian Douglas Brinkley predicted public support for US President Trump will collapse entirely due to the hearings that have come amid claims of collusion with Ukraine to smear a political rival.
Mr Brinkley told CNN: “It just tells you what deep trouble Donald Trump is in.
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“I mean, when you have 50 percent of the country wanting you, not just impeached, but removed from office, and the game hasn’t even gotten fast yet.
“I think once the vote is taken by Congress to impeach him and he’s wearing the ‘I’ on his chest, you’re going to see that movement grow even more.”
Referring to President Trump directly, he added: “It tells you he doesn’t have a lot of friends. He’s a base politician. He doesn’t know how to turn this around.”
He then noted past successful campaigns of politicians from opposing parties after a presidential fallout.
He said: “I think the Democrats might want to look at the way Jimmy Carter pulled off victory in 1976. He took the high road. He ran on saying, I will never tell a lie to you.
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“He didn’t have to say Nixon’s lies or Lyndon Johnson’s lies, just that I am clean, good governance coming your way if you vote for me.”
Polls on presidential support has fluctuated in recent weeks since the Democrats launched their probe into Mr Trump.
A Quinnipiac University poll released this week found 45 percent in favour of the impeachment and removal, with 48 percent against it.
President Trump remains under intense scrutiny at the end of 2019, as impeachment proceedings continue towards the beginning of impending US elections.