''Impeachment Hearings Should Pause Until President Comes Back Home,'' Mike Pompeo Says

''Impeachment Hearings Should Pause Until President Comes Back Home,'' Mike Pompeo Says1068
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In an interview with ''Fox and Friends,'' Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has criticized the House on Monday for not taking President Trump's agenda into account and organizing impeachment hearings while he is abroad.

Pompeo found it ''very unfortunate'' that the House Judiciary Committee decided to hold the hearing Wednesday at the same time when the President is representing our nation at the NATO summit in London.

Pompeo also added that there is a long tradition of supporting our head of state when he is traveling abroad, and he should not be distracted by issues at home while discussing international matters with strategic allies.

In Pompeo's opinion, it would have been more beneficial to pause the impeachment process while the President is abroad.

The committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday titled "The Impeachment Inquiry into President Donald J. Trump: Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment." The panel will hear from legal scholars as Democrats weigh whether the evidence turned up in their weeks-long impeachment inquiry warrants the drafting of articles aimed at removing the President from office. 

The Wednesday hearing is entitled ''The Impeachment Inquiry into President Donald J. Trump: Constitutional Grounds for Impeachment.'' Some prominent legal scholars will take part to discuss the historical and constitutional basis of impeachment,  Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler said in a letter announcing the hearing.

The academics will shed light on terms such as ''high crimes and misdemeanors,'' Nadler added.

Judiciary Chairman also invited the President to attend the hearing, either directly or through counsel, as his predecessors have done before.

In response to Nadler's invitation, the White House sent a five-page letter to the House Judiciary Committee to decline attendance. 

President's administration branded the hearing as ''highly partisan'' and accused the panel's Democratic chairman of providing insufficient information about it. However, the White House did not exclude taking part in future hearings.

White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote to Jerrold Nadler that the Judiciary Committee could not expect the President to participate in a hearing while the witnesses are still not announced and whether the committee would ensure a fair process through additional hearings.

Cipollone also added that an invitation to participate in an academic discussion with law professors does not begin to provide the President with any semblance of a fair and open process.

Cipollone also criticized Nadler of purposely scheduling the hearing  so that it coincides with President's official trip to London for a NATO summit. Donald Trump also accused Democrats of ''undercutting our country'' in a tweet noting the overlap.

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with Mike Pompeo's proposal to suspend impeachment hearings until Donald Trump comes back home?