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Kellyanne Conway says SHE will show up if Adam Schiff testifies under oath in Judiciary hearing

02 Dec 2019 Daily Mail Online

Kellyanne Conway told reporters Monday that if Adam Schiff testifies as part of the Judiciary Committee's impeachment hearings, she will show up.

The counselor to Donald Trump said Schiff, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, should be required to testify before the Judiciary panel because she claims he is a ‘fact witness.’ 

'Is Adam Schiff going to testify?' Conway posed to reporters gathered in the press briefing room. 'Because he's a fact witness. That would be great.'

'I'll tell you what: If Adam Schiff testifies, I'll show up,' she asserted.

Her comments come the day after the president's lawyer sent a letter to Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler saying Trump would not be participating in the panel's hearing because the process lacked 'fundamental fairness.'

'[Trump] cannot fairly be expected to participate in a hearing while the witnesses are yet to be named and while it remains unclear whether the Judiciary Committee will afford the president a fair process through additional hearings,' White House Counsel Pat Cipollone wrote in the Sunday letter. 

Kellyanne Conway dared Adam Schiff to testify before the Judiciary Committee as part of the impeachment hearings because she claims he is a 'fact witness'

'I'll tell you what: If Adam Schiff testifies, I'll show up,' the White House counselor told reporters 

Her comments came after Donald Trump's lawyer sent a letter declaring that neither the president nor anyone from the White House would not be appearing before the Judiciary Committee for its impeachment hearings this week

When asked to expand on the letter's assertion that no one from White House would not show up to participate in the hearing, Conway asked why that would be beneficial.

'I don't even understand what they're doing,' Conway said of the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry.

'They haven't told us everything about the witnesses. Do you know the name of the witnesses?' she asked the room full of press. 'I don't know if they have it in a lock box or if Jerry Nadler is sitting on it… but we don't know who they are.'

Conway, however, did not rule out the potential that Trump or other White House witnesses could appear in the future.

'It depends on what the process is,' she conceded. 'But again, our White House counsel has made very clear, dating back to October 18, this is an unconstitutional, illegitimate process, and we stand by that. We haven't seen anything to change that.'

The Judiciary Committee will conduct its first day of hearings related to the impeachment inquiry on Wednesday, following five days and 12 witnesses appearing before the Intelligence panel last month.

Cipollone said in his five-page letter that the White House would respond separately regarding a second hearing by the deadline of Friday.

He also listed numerous issues that he said 'prevented any semblance of a fair process', writing: 'Under the current circumstances, we do not intend to participate in your Wednesday hearing.'

Adam Schiff chaired the Intelligence Committee's impeachment hearings last month

Pat Cipollone (left) wrote to Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (right) to say that Trump's team 'cannot fairly be expected to participate in a hearing while the witnesses are yet to be named and while it remains unclear whether the Judiciary Committee will afford the president a fair process through additional hearings'

The letter was sent to the committee Sunday night, as Trump returned from his Thanksgiving vacation to Mar-a-Lago with first lady Melanie Trump (left) and their son Barron (right)

After weeks of deriding the process as a sham, Trump had previously suggested that he might be willing to offer written testimony under certain conditions – after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dared him last month to participate in the proceedings either in person or in writing.

It was already unlikely that the president himself would have attended Wednesday, as Trump, who has repeatedly called the hearings a 'witch hunt', is scheduled to be at a summit with NATO allies outside London. The Judiciary Committee had given the White House until Sunday evening to decide whether POTUS or his attorneys would attend.

Cipollone also complained that Democrats had scheduled Wednesday's hearing - 'no doubt purposely' - to overlap with Trump's absence from the United States to attend a NATO summit in London. 

The Judiciary Committee's Democratic staff did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the White House's refusal to participate in the hearing, which would have been the first direct involvement by the Trump camp in the process.

Democratic U.S. Representative Don Beyer said on Twitter in response to the White House letter: 'Not one process complaint made by the President and his Republican allies in Congress so far has turned out to be genuine.' 

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The president waved and gave supporters his signature thumbs up as he made his way back to Washington D.C. with First Lady Melania and 13-year-old son Barron.  

It was Trump's first Thanksgiving holiday weekend in Florida after changing his residence from New York. He enjoyed a belated dinner at Mar-a-Lago with his wife and his sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, and their partners and children after spending the actual holiday with troops.

Wearing his trademark red MAGA cap, a white sleeve shirt and jacket, Trump boarded Air Force One alongside Melania, wearing a cream jacket and matching dress, on Sunday. She teamed her look with tan, knee high boots.

Teenager Barron, wearing a white t-shirt, towered over his 6 feet, 3 inches tall father and made the peace sign to the waiting cameras. 

Trump's route to the airport was lined with a mixture of supporters and critics calling for his resignation.

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Congressional investigators have been looking into whether Trump abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to launch investigations of former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden, who is running to unseat him in the 2020 presidential election, and a discredited conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

 The first in a series of expected Judiciary proceedings will hear testimony on the impeachment process established under the U.S. Constitution from a panel of legal experts that has yet to be named.

Hearings before the committee, which has responsibility for crafting any formal charges against Trump, are a major step toward possible charges. 

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who will make the final decision, has not yet said whether the Republican president should be impeached. 

But in a letter to supporters last week, she called for him to be held accountable for his actions.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing, calling the impeachment inquiry a sham.

 Nadler also set a second deadline of 5 p.m. on Friday for Trump to say whether he or his legal counsel would participate in further proceedings expected next week to examine evidence against him.

The House impeachment inquiry enters a pivotal stage this week, with investigators planning a vote Tuesday to approve their report making the case for Trump's removal from office as he decides whether to mount a defense before a likely Senate trial.

A draft report will be available for members of the House Intelligence Committee to view in a secure location before their planned vote on Tuesday, which would send their findings to the House Judiciary Committee to consider actual charges.

Majority Democrats say the report will speak for itself in laying out possible charges of bribery or 'high crimes and misdemeanors,' the constitutional standard for impeachment. 

Republicans want Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the Intelligence Committee, to testify, though they have no power to compel him to do so, as they try to cast the Democratic-led inquiry as skewed against the Republican president.

'If he chooses not to (testify), then I really question his veracity in what he's putting in his report,' said Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee.

'It's easy to hide behind a report,' Collins added. 'But it's going to be another thing to actually get up and have to answer questions.' 

Schiff has said 'there's nothing for me to testify about,' that he isn't a 'fact' witness and that Republicans are only trying to 'mollify the president, and that's not a good reason to try to call a member of Congress as a witness.'    

Trump returned on Friday from his 36-hour whirlwind trip to Afghanistan, where he served U.S. troops a Thanksgiving dinner and met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to discuss reopening talks with the Taliban

Coming after two weeks of public testimony, the findings of the House Intelligence Committee report are not yet publicly known. But the report is expected to mostly focus on whether Trump abused his office by withholding military aid approved by Congress as he pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to launch investigations into Trump's political rivals.

Democrats also are expected to include an article on obstruction of Congress that outlines Trump's instructions to officials in his administration to defy subpoenas for documents or testimony.

Democrats are aiming for a final House vote by Christmas, which would set the stage for a likely Senate trial in January.  

The Judiciary Committee's first hearing is Wednesday. It's 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 will be.  

Trump returned on Friday from his 36-hour whirlwind trip to Afghanistan, where he served U.S. troops a Thanksgiving dinner and met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to discuss reopening talks with the Taliban.

Donald Jr. took to Instagram to share a snap of the festivities which took place on Friday night, just hours after the Commander-in-Chief returned home to Florida following his visit to the Middle East.

'Squad goals. Fun dinner with @realdonaldtrump and @FLOTUS last night,' Donald Jr. captioned the image, which showed him standing proudly between his father and girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle.

The picture also reveals that Eric's wife, Lara, was also present at the lavish dinner.

However, the President's daughter, Ivanka, and son-in-law, Jared, were absent from the festivities.

One guest at Mar-a-Lago told DailyMail.com that the President appeared in high spirits at the family dinner. 'It was a full house [at Mar-a-Lago] and everyone was happy to see President Trump after his trip,' the diner explained.

'People kept coming up to his table to say hello and wish him and his family a Happy Thanksgiving', they added. 

The guest added that Trump 'looked great after doing all that travel and Melania, Kimberly and Lara looked stunning.'

'They all seemed to be in great spirits and enjoying their time together as a family.'

Supporters wait to see the motorcade carrying President Donald Trump return to Mar-a-Largo in West Palm Beach Sunday

People hold signs as U.S. President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron make their way to board Air Force One en route to Washington after a Thanksgiving vacation in West Palm Beach in Florida on Sunday 

Meanwhile, on Saturday, Trump didn't allow himself a holiday sleep-in, and was seen departing Mar-a-Largo in the early morning for a round of golf.

In snaps obtained by DailyMail.com, the Commander-in-chief was pictured taking a phone call in the back of his vehicle while en route to the green.

Trump looked weary after the 13 hour flight to Afghanistan but still spent seven hours at his Trump International Golf Course West Palm Beach. 

His trip to the Middle East was clouded in secrecy so it wouldn't be revealed ahead of time - as was his Christmas 2018 visit to troops in Iraq - and had many moving parts, including a decoy plane and tweets preset to send from the president's account so there would no suspicion if the twitterer-in-chief went silent.

Reporters traveling with the president were not allowed to reveal his trip and location until shortly before he was preparing to leave.

The president left Florida Wednesday night and flew to Joint Base Andrews and, from there, on to Afghanistan in a trip that was unannounced for security reasons.

He spent just over three and a half hours on the ground in his first visit to Afghanistan.

'There is nowhere that I'd rather celebrate this Thanksgiving than right here with the toughest, strongest best and bravest warriors on the face of the Earth,' Trump told the soldiers at Bagram Air Field.

'We flew 8,331 miles to be here tonight for one simple reason, to tell you in person that this Thanksgiving is a special Thanksgiving,' Trump said in his remarks. 'We're doing so well. Our country is the strongest economically it has ever been.'   

Trump secretly slipped out of his Mar-a-Lago residence Wednesday evening and departed from an undisclosed airport a little after 7pm.

The plane he flew to Florida on, with its distinctive blue-and-white coloring and seal of the president, remained parked at the Palm Beach International Airport to maintain the illusion the president was still there.

Cell phones, hotspots and other devices emitting a signal were confiscated from reporters traveling with Trump, who were not told the destination of the trip until Air Force One was in the air and on route.

The White House arranged in advance for the president's Twitter account to remain active during his travel. A Thanksgiving message was tweeted from it Thursday morning.    

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