Democrats have pushed back the Sunday deadline for the White House to decide whether or not its lawyers will take part in the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said in a Friday letter to the president that he now has until December 6 to determine if his lawyers plan to call witnesses or testify as part of proceedings, reports CNN.
Trump and Congressional Republicans have repeatedly blasted the inquiry as unfair.
Two unnamed officials who spoke to CNN said it’s likely the White House won’t send a lawyer to the first judiciary hearing, while another source told the outlet Trump was still mulling whether or not it was “worth it” to participate.
The House Intelligence Committee is preparing to release a report to the Judiciary Committee, detailing claims that Trump pressured Ukraine to dig up dirt on Democratic 2020 Presidential candidate Joe Biden while holding back some $400 million in aid and a White House meeting.
The report will serve as a guideline for the Judiciary Committee, with an initial hearing on “Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment” expected Wednesday.
House rules say Trump and his lawyers are welcome to attend committee presentations of evidence, raise objections, ask questions, and request their own witnesses.
Yet their participation is subject to Nadler’s approval, and a prior decision from Democrats means they could block Trump’s witnesses if they feel the White House is engaging in obstruction.