Trump refuses to take part in Wednesday’s impeachment hearing Dec 03, 2019 0 504 12345 DPAWashingtonThe White House informed House Democrats on Sunday that US President Donald Trump would not participate in a Wednesday hearing as part of the impeachment inquiry.In a five-page letter to Democrat Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which is holding the hearing, counsel to the president Pat Cipollone called the probe “baseless” and “highly partisan.” Cipollone wrote that Trump’s lawyers “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.” The counsel also said Trump would be in London for the NATO leaders meeting on Wednesday.The hearing is the Judiciary Committee’s first. It is due to look at the legal basis for the investigation of the president and will feature legal scholars.“An invitation to an academic discussion with law professors does not begin to provide the president with any semblance of a fair process,” Cipollone said in the letter.The letter was in response to a request by Nadler for Trump to indicate by Sunday whether the president himself or his attorneys would attend Wednesday’s hearing.Cipollone wrote that the White House would respond separately regarding participation in future hearings by Friday, a further deadline set by Nadler.The inquiry enters a crucial week as the House Intelligence Committee plans to vote on a report making the case for Trump’s removal from office on Tuesday. RELATED ARTICLES Winter storm lashes US Midwest, disrupts post-Thanksgiving travel Dec 03, 2019 0 977 China slaps sanctions on US over pro-Hong Kong bill Dec 03, 2019 0 547 One dead, over 212,000 displaced as typhoon batters Philippines Dec 03, 2019 0 642 House fire kills 13 Pakistanis on farm in Jordan Amman: Thirteen Pakistanis were killed on Monday when a fire broke out inside a tin house on a farm in western Jordan. The blaze erupted at dawn in the house occupied by two Pakistani families in the al-Shuna al-Janubiyya .. Political uproar, protests after doctor gang-raped, killed in India New Delhi: Indian lawmakers on Monday demanded strict action against culprits in the gang-rape and murder of a 27-year-old woman, as hundreds of protesters nationwide called for a swift probe. Four men, all in their 20s, .. Japan to buy $146 million island for US military drills Tokyo: Japan said on Monday it had agreed to buy an uninhabited island off its southwest coast for $146 million, eyeing it for US military drills. Tokyo and Washington agreed in 2011 to relocate a training site for US .. Leaders pledge green revolution as UN climate summit opens in Madrid DPA Madrid Leaders promised a green revolution on Monday as they arrived in Madrid from nearly 200 countries for a major United Nations climate summit, where their aim is to iron out rules to reach the agreed goal of .. Ukraine’s Zelensky denies deal to probe Trump’s rival DPA Kiev Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky denied in an interview published on Monday that there had been a quid-pro-quo deal with US President Donald Trump to investigate Trump’s political rival, Joe Biden. “I ..