Transcript for The week ahead for next phase of impeachment showdown
We go to Washington where the impeachment showdown enters a new phase. President trump heads to London and house intelligence committee members will have a look at Adam Schiff's report that makes the case for impeachment. On Tuesday they will vote to send it to the house judiciary committee which will hold its first impeachment hearings Wednesday. Our senior white house correspondent Cecilia Vega is tracking the latest. We learned that the president's lawyers have decided not to participate at least for now in those judiciary committee hearings. Reporter: Yeah, exactly, George. Good morning. It came in the form of a letter to Jerry Nadler blasting him and this next phase and say that the president's not going to participate because they have no idea who the witnesses are that are going to be called and say an invitation to participate in an academic discussion gives the president no semblance of fairness in all of this process. We heard from some Democrats this weekend. They are suggesting that if the president is innocent, he should want to participate and they want to hear his explanation for all of this. It was just a few weeks ago, you'll remember, George, the president himself suggested he actually might want to participate in this. At least for now it seems like that is not happening and the white house is going to continue with this defense of stonewalling this investigation. None of the president's top aides have testified. Meantime, they are at least leaving open, the white house lawyers, leaving open the possibility of doing so later. They are asks Nadler for they want to know if he'll allow more witnesses to testify. They want to know if he could call witnesses and if they'll be able to cross-examine many so of these new witnesses. George, we are though seeing some semblance of cracks in the ranks among Republicans, at least a few are discussing whether the president should or should not participate. There's some difference and division on that. Some suggest that the president might want to participate and especially if he can present evidence but others are saying he should stay out of this. This has not been a fair process from the start. The president is plying to London this morng for that nato summit and those meetings have been very fractious meetings under president trump. Reporter: Certainly so, George. You know this because president trump has suggested that nato should be obsolete. This comes at a time when the U.S. Is reducing its contributions to nato's budget. But he's got a number of meetings scheduled with world leaders, of course, all this happening in the midst of the British elections happening in a few days. The Brits want him to stay out of their domestic policies. We shall see. Should be a busy week in Washington.
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