The White House has RSVP'd, sort of, to an invite to send lawyers to the next impeachment hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. "House Democrats have wasted enough of America's time with this charade," White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote Friday in a note to committee chief Jerrold Nadler, per USA Today. "You should end this inquiry now and not waste even more time with additional hearings." NBC News notes Cipollone's letter didn't flat-out refuse the request to send an attorney or other official to the next hearing set for Monday, or other future hearings, but a senior administration official told the network "the letter means that the White House will not participate in the House proceeding." Nadler's response, per USA Today: Trump "cannot claim that the process is unfair" if his team won't take part, and that either way, his panel would "[carry] out our solemn constitutional duty."
Meanwhile, President Trump's mind has been caught up in other matters besides impeachment—namely, how well toilets flush. In an announcement Friday at a small-business roundtable at the White House, Trump noted that the Environmental Protection Agency is currently reviewing water efficiency standards, "looking very strongly at sinks and showers, and other elements of bathrooms," per the Hill: "You turn the faucet on ... and you don't get any water. They take a shower and water comes dripping out." He added, "People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once. They end up using more water. So EPA is looking at that." An EPA rep tells USA Today that the agency "is working with all federal partners to review the implementation of the Federal Energy Management Plan ... to ensure American consumers have more choice when purchasing water products." (Read more Trump impeachment stories.)