Speak Out: No participation

The White House declared Sunday it would not participate in the first impeachment hearings before the House Judiciary Committee as Democrats prepared to approve their report Tuesday making the case for President Donald Trump’s removal from office.

That committee’s first hearing was already set for Wednesday and was expected to feature four legal experts who will examine questions of constitutional grounds as the committee decides whether to write articles of impeachment against Trump, and if so, what those articles would be.

• Good. Why cooperate with a kangaroo court where facts don’t matter and you’re guilty until proven innocent? — Chris Werner

• Actually refusing to appear sounds more like he had something to hide. If he’s not guilty (yeah right) then you think he would want those people to tell their story. By refusing to cooperate it’s just saying there is something to hide. And while in the private sector nothing wrong was done, in the world of politics it’s a different story. And just one of many. — Lani Cotton

• Doesn’t surprise me. Whined and cried that he couldn’t defend himself, now that he can, he knows that his actions are indefensible. — Leslie Vinnedge Cournoyer

• Why waste his time on something that shouldn’t be a thing in the first place? Also, it still wouldn’t be fair. All that would happen is the news would collect clips and manipulate everything the President would say to construct “bombshell” false narratives no different from the initial set of hearings. — Jimmy Cetnar

• Then he can’t complain about the process or it’s not fair. — Natalie Andrews

• It’s not only unfair, it’s ridiculous. — Mark Schmalhofer

• “In theory” he can’t complain about the process or how it’s not fair. In reality, he will complain about the process (like he complains about everything else, being a textbook narcissist), even though he was given this opportunity to prove his “innocence”. — Judi Stein O’Brien

• Trump’s too busy making America great while Democrats try to take away a Democratic election. They know they won’t win in 2020. — Ryan Fenimore

• There is no defense for his actions. All roads lead to Putin. — Elizabeth Kenney

• No surprise there. He doesn’t participate in much of anything except golf and Twitter. — Jackie Zisterer

• I wouldn’t either, so long as Hunter and Joe Biden, who are central to all of this, haven’t he been subpoenaed. That alone discredits this whole thing. — John Daliani

• Plus the NATO summit has been on the agenda since last year. — Frank Locke

• This is a total waste of time and taxpayer money. Get back to work on real issues. — Dave McGuigan

• Only a fool would participate in this kangaroo court. We’ll wait for the real trial. — Bob Hice

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