Washington - Waaa - Nafi Al-Faroussi
Us President Donald Trump on Monday refused to participate in a congressional criminal accountability hearing.
"Trump's lawyer informed the House Judiciary Committee that the White House would not participate in the committee's first hearing scheduled for next Wednesday, but kept the door open on the possibility of representing him in future hearings," the official Iraqi News Agency (INA) correspondent said.
"Trump's adviser, Pat Sepulon," he said, criticized the committee for asking for a response before appointing any witnesses or setting a schedule for other hearings, noting that the whole process was unfair to the president.
"Siblon wrote to Judiciary Committee Chairman Gerald Nadler that we can't expect to participate to some extent in a hearing while the names of the witnesses have not been disclosed, and it remains unclear whether the Judiciary Committee will give the president a fair process through additional hearings," he said.
"The meeting was deliberately scheduled while Trump was out of the country at a meeting of NATO leaders in London," he said.
Wednesday's hearing will examine whether Trump's actions as detailed in the evidence gathered so far call for accountability materials. The committee also plans to explain the constitutional framework for accountability and the term "major crimes and misdemeanours." The committee had received the letter on Sunday night, but made no immediate comment.