Wednesday’s hearing before the House Judiciary Committee in President Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry – the first before the panel – will feature testimony from four law professors, reports The Hill.
The witnesses are expected to offer legal analysis. They are Harvard Law School professor and Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law Director Noah Feldman; Stanford Law Professor Pamela Karlan; University of North Carolina Law Professor Michael Gerhardt, and George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley.
Feldman, Karlan and Gerhardt are witnesses being called on by Democrats. Turley is being called on by Republicans on the panel.
Trump on Monday slammed Democrats for scheduling the hearing.
“This baseless and highly partisan inquiry violates all past historical precedent, basic due process rights, and fundamental fairness,” White House counsel Pat Cipollone in a five-page letter to the committee. Cipollone said Chairman Jerrold Nadler provided only "vague" details about the hearing, and that unnamed academics would apparently be attending.
"As for the hearing scheduled for December 4, we cannot fairly be expected to participate in a hearing while the witnesses are yet to be named and while it remains unclear whether the Judiciary Committee will afford the president a fair process through additional hearings," Cipollone said. "More importantly, an invitation to an academic discussion with law professors does not begin to provide the President with any semblance of a fair process. Accordingly, under the current circumstances, we do not intend to participate in your Wednesday hearing."
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