Trump faces a deadline while House Democrats prepare articles of political judgment

(Add quotes from Congressmen Scalise and Lieu) By David Morgan and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump faced a deadline set by Democrats in the US House of Representatives on Friday. UU. In deliberating on the charges that will be charged after President Nancy Pelosi asked the Judiciary Committee to write formal articles of political trial. The committee could write and recommend the articles next Thursday in a political trial investigation that Pelosi launched in September on the request of the Republican president for Ukraine to investigate former US Vice President Joe Biden, a leading candidate for the Democratic nomination to face Trump in the 2020 U.S. elections. Democratic panel president Jerrold Nadler has given Trump until 5 p.m. (2200 GMT) on Friday to decide whether he or his legal advisor will participate in the next Judicial Committee procedures by calling witnesses, presenting evidence and making a presentation. Committee Republicans have the same deadline to request witnesses, including those who want to quote. Nadler has scheduled a committee hearing for Monday. His committee is responsible for drafting the articles of political judgment and would have to approve them before sending them to the House of Representatives for a vote, which is expected before Christmas. Trump, who denied having acted badly, has so far refused to cooperate with the investigation and ordered current and former administration officials not to testify or provide the documents required by the House committees led by the Democrats. Pelosi asked the Judiciary Committee on Thursday to write formal charges against Trump, which, if approved as expected in the House led by Democrats, would lead to a Senate trial led by Republicans on whether to remove Trump from office. . Trump's fellow Republicans in the Senate have given little indication that they would support his impeachment. Pelosi accused Trump of abusing his power by asking a foreign government to interfere in an American election for his own political benefit at the expense of U.S. national security. Articles of political judgment could include abuse of power, bribery, obstruction of Congress and obstruction of justice. Democratic representative Ted Lieu, a member of the Judiciary Committee, told reporters that if Trump chooses not to participate in the investigation, it will be a problem for the White House because if they had exculpatory evidence, they would present it. Every chance to do that. Steve Scalise, the No. 2 Republican of the House of Representatives, told reporters separately that he had not talked to Trump's team about whether to participate. In any other political trial we had ... there were negotiations between the House and the White House to reach fair rules. It has always been done that way and it has not been done in this case, Scalise said. 'CHANGE YOUR MIND' Pelosi appeared Friday with other lawmakers at separate events on climate change and voting rights legislation, but did not discuss the political trial and refused to answer journalists' questions about the issue. He mentioned the president after Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse told reporters that Trump had signed a full page ad in the New York Times in 2009 calling for aggressive action to combat climate change, a contradiction of the current position of Trump Pelosi said: We just hope the president changes his mind. The United States Constitution empowers the Chamber to accuse a president of treason, bribery or other crimes and misdemeanors. No president of the United States has been removed from office for dismissal. The last president to be dismissed by the House, Democrat Bill Clinton in 1998, was held in office by the Senate in 1999. The investigation focuses on a July 25 telephone call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to open an investigation into Biden and his son Hunter and a discredited theory promoted by Trump and his allies that Ukraine, not Russia , meddled in the US UU. 2016 election. Hunter Biden joined the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma while his father was vice president. Trump has accused the Bidens of corruption. They have denied acting wrong and the accusations have not been substantiated. Democrats have also accused Trump of abusing his power by withholding $ 391 million in security assistance from Ukraine, a vulnerable US ally facing Russian aggression, and holding back a coveted White House meeting with Zelenskiy as a lever for press Kiev to investigate the Bidens. Republicans accuse Democrats of carrying out a politically motivated witch hunt to overthrow Trump. Trump's allies in Congress have argued that the president's actions in Ukraine focused on eliminating corruption and not politically benefiting and defaming an internal rival. (Report by Susan Cornwell and David Morgan, Additional report by Doina Chicu and Patricia Zengerle; Drafting by Will Dunham; Drafting by Jonathan Oatis) 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.)