White House Counsel Pat Cipollone declined House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler’s offer for Donald Trump or his lawyers to participate in Wednesday’s first impeachment hearing. Even so, the former reality show star appeared to object (during his morning panic-tweets) to not having an attorney present. After tweeting at 2:30 in the morning, Trump went back to his Twitter account three hours later to fire off a series of tweets.
Full disclosure: My Turnip to English translator isn’t working so understanding this “president’s” tweets presents a problem for me.
“The Do Nothing Democrats get 3 Constitutional lawyers for their Impeachment hoax (they will need them!), the Republicans get one,” Trump tweeted. “Oh, that sounds fair!”
The Do Nothing Democrats get 3 Constitutional lawyers for their Impeachment hoax (they will need them!), the Republicans get one. Oh, that sounds fair!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2019
First, the “Do Nothing Democrats” have passed hundreds of bills, but the Republican-led Senate won’t take them up for a vote. Also, Cipollone’s statement added that “an invitation to an academic discussion with law professors does not begin to provide the president with any semblance of a fair process.”
So, it appears that Team Trump objects to experts in the Constitution being present, claiming that it won’t be fair to this “president.” The panel of constitutional scholars and law professors that are informed about the impeachment process will assess the allegations against Trump to determine whether or not they constitute “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
It’s typical of Trump to complain after getting what he wants. Trump tweeted this just last month:
It was just explained to me that for next weeks Fake Hearing (trial) in the House, as they interview Never Trumpers and others, I get NO LAWYER & NO DUE PROCESS. It is a Pelosi, Schiff, Scam against the Republican Party and me. This Witch Hunt should not be allowed to proceed!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2019
Corrupt politician Adam Schiff wants people from the White House to testify in his and Pelosi’s disgraceful Witch Hunt, yet he will not allow a White House lawyer, nor will he allow ANY of our requested witnesses. This is a first in due process and Congressional history!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2019
Trump does have an attorney who seems to be available. Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney, is up to his neck in the “president’s” Ukraine scandal and we’re sure Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee would love for his embattled lawyer to stroll into the hearing. However, Jailiani might be a bit worn out after being repeatedly thrown under the bus.
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