Conway says she'll attend impeachment hearing if Schiff testifies

White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayKellyanne Conway: Martin Luther King would oppose impeaching Trump George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' White House pushes back on Parnas allegations MORE said Monday she would attend the upcoming House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing if House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSenate Republicans muscle through rules for Trump trial The Memo: Day One shows conflicting narratives on impeachment Overnight Defense: Dems raise pressure on Esper to block border wall funds | Trump impeachment trial begins in Senate | Day one dominated by fight over rules 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 CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clash over rules This week: Raucous rules fight, opening arguments in impeachment trial White House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team MORE (Ga.), said Schiff should be called to testify. Schiff led the fact-finding phase of the impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate Republicans muscle through rules for Trump trial Collins breaks with GOP on attempt to change impeachment rules resolution Roberts admonishes House managers, Trump lawyers after heated exchange 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 NadlerMcConnell locks in schedule for start of impeachment trial Pelosi: Trump's impeachment 'cannot be erased' House to vote Wednesday on sending articles of impeachment to Senate 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.