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(Add Trump's comment to journalists in paragraph 9) By David Morgan WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (Reuters) - Democratic lawmakers in Congress will take a big step this week in what appears to be a now inexorable march toward the dismissal of U.S. President Donald Trump, with the start of the hearings as a forerunner of formal charges announced in weeks. As opinion polls show that Americans are bitterly divided over whether to accuse Trump, the Democratic Committee in the House of Representatives controlled by Democrats will hold a hearing on Wednesday to explain to the public what constitutes an impeccable crime. You will also receive a report from the House Intelligence Committee that will expose the evidence that Democrats say shows that Trump abused his office for personal political gain. Democrats have been investigating the Republican president's efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden, a former Democratic vice president who is seeking his party's nomination to face Trump in the 2020 presidential elections, and his son Hunter Biden , board member of a Ukrainian energy company. The political trial investigation has heard the testimony of current and former officials that Ukraine's military aid was withheld and that a White House meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was conditioned on investigations into the Bidens and a discredited conspiracy theory about the interference in the 2016 US elections that take place. outside. Trump has denied acting badly and says that a July 25 phone call with Zelenskiy, in which he pressed for the probes, was perfect. He and his Republican colleagues say that Democrats are trying to revoke the will of the people in the 2016 presidential elections. The judicial panel will hear the public testimony of four legal experts on the constitutional basis that a president of the United States may be removed from office. In a challenging response on Sunday night, the White House informed Democrats that Trump and his lawyers would not participate in Wednesday's hearing, citing a lack of fundamental justice. Speaking to reporters as he left the White House on Monday on his way to London for a NATO summit, Trump said he had refused to participate in the hearing because it was a hoax. The procedures would have been the first direct involvement of Trump's camp in the process. But White House attorney Pat Cipollone has not ruled out participating in future proceedings if Democrats address a list of procedural complaints. The committee, which is not expected to consider evidence against Trump until next week, has given the president until 5 p.m. (2200 GMT) on Friday to say if he plans to mount a defense by calling witnesses and introducing evidence. DEEP DIVISION The Republican-controlled Senate, where any political trial would take place, is very unlikely to vote to dismiss Trump. Few Republicans in the Senate have shown an appetite for dismissing the president. But the political trial investigation has overshadowed Trump's already tumultuous presidency and has sharpened the division among Americans that is likely to intensify as election campaigns intensify in the coming weeks. We are in an exercise with a very predictable result and that will further divide the country. It will be a living issue through the elections themselves, and the American people will make the final determination, said Republican representative Tom Cole Reuters Wednesday's hearing, although of an academic nature, will set the stage for the Judiciary Committee to begin to determine whether Trump should face formal articles of political trial. The president of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, said in a letter to supporters last week that Trump had committed bribery and needed to be held responsible. The accusation is the last line of personal defense of the people against a president who insists on acting like a king and trampling the rule of law, said Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Democrat in the Judiciary Committee. We have had an intensive focus in recent weeks on the facts, Raskin said in an interview. Now we are about to review the basic values ​​and structures of the US Constitution. Democratic advisers said a vote on possible articles of political trial would follow quickly after a probation hearing. (Report by David Morgan; Additional report by Matt Spetalnick, Diane Bartz, Humeyra Pamuk, Alexandra Alper and Susan Heavey; Writing by Matt Spetalnick and Paul Simao; Edition by Ross Colvin and Alistair Bell) This story has not been edited by The Times of India and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe. (This story has not been edited by and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe.)