The White House lawyer said he will answer by the end of the week whether the President’s representatives will participate in further hearings.
The White House said it would not participate in an impeachment hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler has invited President Donald Trump and his lawyer to attend the first hearings in the new phase of the impeachment investigation.
Although Trump’s participation was not expected as he plans to attend a NATO summit near London this week, White House lawyer Pat Cipollone also declined the invitation.
“It would be unfair to expect our participation in the hearings when witnesses have not yet been named and it remains unclear whether the legal Committee will ensure a fair trial for the President through the organization of additional hearings,” Cipollone said in a letter sent to Nadler on Sunday evening.
Cipollone said he would answer by the end of the week whether White House representatives would attend the hearing in the future.
In his invitation letter sent last week, Nadler assured trump and his lawyer that he “remains committed to ensuring a fair and informative process.”
He noted that Trump “has the opportunity to be represented at impeachment hearings, or he can stop complaining about the procedure.”
Wednesday’s Judiciary Committee hearing will focus on the constitutional grounds for impeaching the President. The witnesses will be legal experts, whose names have not yet been named.
The Intelligence Committee, which held a series of public and private hearings in November, will send its findings to the legal Committee, whose members will decide whether to draft articles of impeachment against Trump.