White House criticizes "hoax"[/rtl]
[rtl]Date: 2019/10/30 9:07 • 51 times read[/rtl]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Democrats have unveiled plans to make an investigation into the removal of US President Donald Trump open, allowing public hearings that Trump could also take part while working on his removal.
After five weeks of closed-door hearings on Trump's alleged political pressure on Ukraine, Democrats proposed new legislation for the next stages of the process that would give Republicans the right to call witnesses and issue subpoenas.
The Intelligence Committee of the House of Representatives then asserts evidence from testimony and documents, with the ability of both parties to cross-examine witnesses in a public place.
The third phase will see evidence against Trump presented to the Judicial Committee, to determine the charges to be brought, and then to vote in the House of Representatives.
The House Rules Committee said the new rules give Trump and his lawyer their first chance to play a direct role, plead in the case, testify and provide evidence.
But she added that if the White House continues to refuse to respond to subpoenas and testify as it has done so far, it may be denied some of the rights promised at the hearings.
The new rules are due to be voted in the Democratic-majority House on Thursday, adding to the threat over Trump.
The White House on Tuesday rejected the Democrats' legislation to make the investigation into Trump's public isolation, saying the process remains a "hoax."
Trump's spokeswoman Stephanie Gresham said in a statement that "the Democrats' investigation was an illegal trick from the outset, because it lacks any appropriate mandate through a House vote."
The revelation of the plot to Democrats came as a White House official and veteran appeared before Congress on Tuesday to testify "embarrassingly".