Partly in response to the handling of Rep Schiff’s abuse of process in the interview of envoy Kurt Volker, the White House council sent a letter to Congressional Democrats informing them there will be no further cooperation with their inquires absent a vote by the House on a formal impeachment inquiry under House rules providing due process. Volker was interviewed in a closed session, and the partial transcript released by Schiff was characterized by GOP members of the committee as misleading and out of context to the point of misrepresenting Volker’s testimony.
Among the due process rights demanded are the right of the minority to call its own witnesses, to cross exam and challenge the credibility of witnesses, and for administration attorney’s to be present when executive branch witnesses are questioned to assert executive privilege when appropriate. Full, minimally redacted transcripts are to be made available for any closed sessions.
These are all basic due process, it will be interesting to see how this gets reported.