Trump ‘will not participate in impeachment hearing’
The White House has said US President Donald Trump and his lawyers will not attend an impeachment hearing in the House of Representatives on Wednesday.
Mr Trump could not be expected to participate “fairly”, White House counsel Pat Cipollone said in a letter to the House Judiciary Committee.
Last week, Chairman Jerrold Nadler said Mr Trump could either attend or “stop complaining about the process”.
The White House did not say whether Mr Trump would attend a second hearing.
It said it would respond separately to an invitation to the second hearing – which does not yet have a date set – by Friday