Conway says she'll attend impeachment hearing if Schiff testifies

White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne ConwayJudge blocks Spicer, Vought bid to return to Naval Academy board Trump came in contact with 500 people between first positive test and hospitalization: report Christie says he was unable to reach Trump on Jan. 6 MORE said Monday she would attend the upcoming House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing if House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffJan. 6 panel faces new test as first witness pleads the Fifth Jan. 6 panel releases contempt report on Trump DOJ official ahead of censure vote The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden to update Americans on omicron; Congress back MORE (D-Calif.) is called to testify.

Conway told reporters at the White House that Schiff was a “fact witness” in the impeachment inquiry and criticized the Judiciary panel’s plans to have constitutional lawyers testify at Wednesday's hearing. The White House on Sunday rejected an invitation from Democrats to participate in the event.

“Is Adam Schiff going to testify? Because he is a fact witness. That would be great. I’ll tell you what: If Adam Schiff testifies, I’ll show up on behalf of the White House,” Conway told reporters.

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Her remarks came one day after the House Judiciary panel’s top Republican, Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsJan. 6 panel releases contempt report on Trump DOJ official ahead of censure vote Lobbying world Sunday shows preview: Biden administration confronts inflation spike MORE (Ga.), said Schiff should be called to testify. Schiff led the fact-finding phase of the impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald TrumpMan sentenced to nearly four years for running scam Trump, Biden PACs Meadows says Trump's blood oxygen level was dangerously low when he had COVID-19 Trump endorses David Perdue in Georgia's governor race MORE’s dealings with Ukraine, and his committee is drafting a report on its conclusions that will be delivered to the Judiciary panel to kick off the next phase of the proceedings.

Trump, who seized on revelations that the whistleblower who raised concerns about the Ukraine issue contacted Schiff’s committee before filing a complaint, has similarly argued Schiff should be called to testify at a Senate trial if the House approves articles of impeachment.

Schiff said on CNN’s “State of the Union” last week that it would show “a fundamental lack of seriousness, a willingness to try to turn this into a circus, like the president would like” if the Senate were to call him as a witness.

Asked why the White House would not send its own lawyers to Wednesday's hearing, Conway suggested on Monday that Democrats would be wasting their time listening to constitutional lawyers rather than working on legislative issues like drug pricing and infrastructure.

“What is the process? What will they be discussing? They have constitutional law experts coming in. How is that beneficial?” Conway asked. “I don’t even understand what they’re doing.”

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She added that the Judiciary Committee hasn’t informed the White House of the names of the witnesses or other details about the hearing, echoing points made by White House counsel Pat Cipollone in a letter to Judiciary Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerHouse passes bill to expedite financial disclosures from judges Unrequited rage: The demand for mob justice in the Rittenhouse trial Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Democrats prepare to grill oil execs MORE (D-N.Y.) Sunday in declining to participate.

“We 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,” Cipollone wrote.

Conway said Cipollone has made clear “that this is an unconstitutional, illegitimate process and we stand by that.”

“They have to been more definitive about what they’re doing,” she added.