Hop, hop, hop! The kangaroos running this impeachment court are hopping like mad. To make the biggest jump of all --- the impeachment itself --- they have to build substantial momentum.

Hop! On Monday, members of the House Intelligence Committee are expected to view Adam Schiff’s draft of their impeachment report.

Hop, hop! On Tuesday, the Committee is scheduled to vote on the report.

Hop, hop, hop! On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Jerrold Nadler, holds its first hearing, using the Intel Committee's draft to “consider formal charges.” The committee will bring in four "academic" types to explore the Constitutional grounds for impeachment. That should be rich; there will be no actual evidence; just lots of speech-ifying to stoke Democrats’ partisan desires. At this writing, the Republicans have been allowed one such witness, one out of four, to argue the other side; perhaps they will be given more, but I guess it’s up to Nadler, who seems to be making the rules up as he goes along, just as Schiff did.

Over a couple of weeks, the House Intel Committee heard from twelve witnesses, 30 hours total, but all were “hearsay” witnesses except for U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, who might be better described as a “presumption” witness. He didn’t know that the President desired a quid pro quo; he simply presumed. This after the President had told him in no uncertain terms that he wanted “nothing...no quid pro quo.” It was from Trump's own mouth: He wanted Ukrainian President Zelensky to “just do the right thing.”

Nadler sent a letter to the White House informing them his committee has set a deadline of this Friday to say whether or not the President will be participating in the hearings by having counsel present, cross-examining witnesses or presenting exculpatory evidence. Ranking Republican member Doug Collins of Georgia also received a letter asking him if the Republicans want to subpoena any witnesses to testify on the President’s behalf. Friday is also the day for Republicans on the Judiciary Committee to introduce any exculpatory evidence and to declare the witnesses they plan to call. (!!!)

The following Monday, the Judiciary Committee is scheduled to “consider the referrals.” Gosh, think they’ll decide to impeach Trump? The suspense is killing me. (To give an idea of the larger picture, this is also the day that Inspector General Michael Horowitz releases his report on the FBI and FISA court, and two days before he testifies before the Senate.)

All of this has been scheduled when neither the President nor the Republicans on the Judiciary Committee have even seen the Intelligence Committee report and don’t know who Nadler's impeachment witnesses will be. Once that is known, they will have mere hours to put a case together. Some are arguing that any participation in this sham by the President, even just sending an attorney, tends to legitimize the process. Others say there is nothing the President can do that will legitimize this lousy and utterly partisan process and that it would be foolhardy not to have a lawyer present. Incredibly, he’s been denied any legal representation at all until now.

But in breaking news Sunday night, counsel to the President Pat Cipollone showed that he falls into that first camp.  He has sent a four-page response to Nadler's letter, refusing to participate in this week's impeachment hearings.  In a scathing reply --- and we know he can write one --- he said that "...this baseless and highly partisan inquiry violates all past historical precedent, basic due process rights, and fundamental fairness..."  It goes on:  "You scheduled this initial hearing --- no doubt purposely --- during the time that you know the President will be out of the country attending the NATO Leaders Meeting in London...you have given no information regarding your plans, set arbitrary deadlines, and then demanded a response, all to create the false appearance of providing the President some rudimentary process."

White House: Trump will not take part in Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearing

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  • Harold Levi

    12/02/2019 02:02 PM

    As I said previously, President Trump WILL BE IMPEACHED the Marxist have made too much noise about all of this to NOT impeach. The Marxist will vote as a block. The Republicans will not be able to block the vote.
    The Marxist think and believe they are in control of the Federal Government. Nads is going to have another investigation to prove that some of Nancy Peloci's feces did stick to the wall. In turn, proving they can create a great stink and Trump is guilty of something.
    Trump should never justify the stupidity of the Marxist by attending any of these meetings!!!

  • Joan Ginnetti

    12/02/2019 01:52 PM

    Even the most ignorant knows the President is attending the NATO conference much less able to pay attention to the Democrat sham of impeachment.

  • Eric H Read

    12/02/2019 01:12 PM

    What a JOKE! The Democrats are tripping on their neckties with this stupidity.

  • Gary Conner

    12/02/2019 01:10 PM

    This a corrupt and treasonous act happening by the democrats !! They have become devisive and should be charged with treasonous acts and penalized by the law!This is not the the founders wanted and warned about!

  • Mary Paice

    12/02/2019 01:04 PM

    Hi,

    Have they decided on a crime? They can’t impeach without a provable crime. Such a waste of tax dollars. I hope they lose the house. We know they will cheat, but with God’s help we will have the senate, house and the White House.

  • Dr. Judy Ahring

    12/02/2019 12:42 PM

    I am so fed up and tired of the "bad guys" doing bad things and never have to pay for the evil and dirty lies and tricks. The biased media is keeping the real news away for the uninformed public so they cannot believe in President Trump or change their minds.

    The Democrats have accomplished nothing since before the 2016 election. They have lied their way through the Russian Collusion scandal when H.C. had an illegal and classified computer plus a classified cell phone in her possession. Loretta Lynch runs out onto the tarmac for a private conversation with B.C.; 4 Americans were killed in Bangladesh including the ambassador there;
    H.C. paid for the Fake Steele dossier. Mueller made huge amounts of money with his investigation; and now we have them talking impeachment. Thank GOD, you are telling the truth one your TV show which I cannot get because I have an attic antenna.

    When is the Democrats "luck" going to give out?

    I didn't mention the hateful, nasty, dirty way that they made up lies about Judge Kavanaugh and his family during the hearings.

    One more point: If President Trump is "requested to give out his tax records, shouldn't all members of Congress be required to do the same?

  • Tim Zahn

    12/02/2019 12:40 PM

    In my humble opinion this is one tent away from the circus. That's what this impeachment inquiry amounts to by the democrats with a bunch of clowns in the center ring.

  • Linda Rath

    12/02/2019 12:39 PM

    I'm sure I'm not the only person in the USA [& abroad] who is heartily sick and tired of this farce. The democrats ought to be ashamed of themselves - but of course they're not. The only hope I have is that "God's got this" - and there have been many prophecies from years ago [e.g. Kim Clement] that prophesied that there will be NO IMPEACHMENT! This madness must stop. God bless President Trump and his family for continuing on despite all the crap thrown at them on a daily basis!

  • Kathleen fischer

    12/02/2019 12:36 PM

    I'm glad he won't dignify that kangaroo court with his presence.

  • Janet Underwood

    12/02/2019 12:26 PM

    The Dems are setting this up to look as though they are being "reasonable" and "fair" and that Trump is trying to "hide" something by not participating. I wonder what all of those sheep who believe them would be saying if the MSM reported the full truth of all of this BS.

  • Debra Mitan

    12/02/2019 12:13 PM

    Why is nothing being done to stop this farce? Impeace or whatever to all those responsible for the constant harassment of the Trumps and family

  • Rolleen Reed

    12/02/2019 12:00 PM

    I pray for the President that he will be given wisdom from God and he will listen to those who care about this country.

  • Jimmy Humphrey

    12/02/2019 11:56 AM

    First, sorry for challenging your Chick fil A statement.
    When are these people that are corrupt to the bone gonna lighten a little?
    Heck Republicans should never participate in any function the non patriotic idiots dreams up. Get out and vote America.

  • Ralph A Hunt

    12/02/2019 11:52 AM

    If any laws exist regarding the continuing futile attempts to overthrow the president of the United States of America; activate them and literally drop the hammer on Sciff, Nadlar, Pelosi, et al that contrived and continue to force the issue of removing a duly elected president. Get serious, develop a spine and let the chips fall where they may. Our great military protects us from outside forces; who protects our great nation from "inside" forces? Surely our Constitution provides for such treasonous nonsense, surely!

  • judith jakub

    12/02/2019 11:51 AM

    How can any of these procedures, slanderous unproven accusations and defamation of the good character of OUR POTUS be legal and to refuse his and his admins testimony to prove these are falsehoods be honest government. These communists must be eliminated and deported to Russia, to enhance their Siberian coal mines. Totally disgusted by this propaganda and pandering for the soros,clinton,obummer cartel who are furthering the takeover of our country by these enemies of OUR COUNTRY. I can't tell you how unsettling this is, WE, the American people are losing our hard fought freedoms to these vermin. God help us all.

  • Joan Lynn morris

    12/02/2019 11:48 AM

    If the Democrats paid ANY attention to what the people really want, that is to DO the job to which they were elected this totally waste of time and money would never have begun. We are sick of this nonsense.

  • deborah harvey

    12/02/2019 11:47 AM

    just praying that God will have mercy on such a corrupt nation and that His men will be in all political offices
    praying that He will debride all corruption from a nation that will soon be a rotting corpse without His mighty intervention
    it took many years to build t he nation but it has taken a surprisingly short timie to literally plummet to gehenna

  • Jerry Korba

    12/02/2019 11:47 AM

    The right move is to ignore this Farce to give this Farce any time of day or resources would be a waste. Pelosi Schiff Nadler have your minions run to the store pick up 3, 50 pound bags of sand hire a blacksmith to pound sand into the 3 of you. The 3 of you and the rest of your mob are so dishonest you may think this is crude you won't do the honorable and quit you R just to vile. The Congress on the left will always have a job as Zombies in THE Walking Dead.

  • Darrell King

    12/02/2019 11:46 AM

    this farce should have never started, good for the White House, to the life of me I don't understand why some of these democrats are not in prison.

  • Elizabeth Crouse

    12/02/2019 11:31 AM

    Wish my Dad was alive to see how evil the Democrat party has become. Common sense has left the party. President Trump is going to put them out of business. I don’t know anyone buying what they are selling.

  • Glenn Sander

    12/02/2019 11:25 AM

    The king dung beetle, Nadler, will eventually crawl back up Nancy Pelosi's rump, and claim the throne for all dung beetles...

  • Charles Simmons

    12/02/2019 11:22 AM

    Watching the Schiff-Nader dance of the Democrat sugar plum faeries truly is alarming ... it’s no wonder that the ChiComm tyrants are Democrat’s favorites ...

  • Steve Strickland

    12/02/2019 11:22 AM

    Why more Dems than GOP on intelligence Committee??? Who is responsible for distribution of aid monies to foreign entitles? Can’t Presidential discretion count legally?

  • Wayne Hilchen

    12/02/2019 11:20 AM

    The president should refuse to attend this sham. He and his team should continue his agenda and avoid participating in this Democratic circus.

  • Diana Talmadge

    12/02/2019 11:14 AM

    Good news!