The White House tells Democrats that it will not participate in Trump's political trial hearing

(Add republican witness request) By Steve Holland and David Morgan WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (Reuters) - The White House said Friday it would refuse to participate in hearings in the US House of Representatives scheduled for next week that will consider what political trial articles against President Donald Trump. In a letter addressed to the president of the Judiciary Committee, Jerrold Nadler, the White House lawyer, Pat Cipollone, described the impeachment investigation of the Democrats as completely unfounded and said that the president of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, had ordered to the Democrats who proceeded with dismissal articles before their committee had heard a single piece of evidence. We see no reason to participate because the process is unfair, said a senior administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. We have not had any fair opportunity to participate. He has already announced the default result and will not give us the ability to call any witnesses. Pelosi asked the Judiciary Committee on Thursday to write political trial articles (formal charges) against the Republican president. The committee could write and recommend the articles for next Thursday and the entire House led by Democrats could vote on them at Christmas, jeopardizing Trump's presidency as his 2020 reelection campaign is coming. Pelosi launched in September the political trial investigation into Trump's request that Ukraine investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, one of the main contenders for the Democratic nomination to face the president in the 2020 US elections. House Democrats have wasted enough US time with this farce, Cipollone's letter said. You should finish this investigation now and not waste any more time with additional hearings. He quoted Trump as saying that if they are going to accuse me, do it now, fast, so that we can have a fair trial in the Senate, and so that our country can return to business. Trump has made it clear that his lawyers will present a defense in the Senate controlled by Republicans, where he believes he will receive fair treatment. Republican members of the House Judicial Committee, who had also faced Friday's deadline to identify witnesses they want to call before the panel, presented a list of eight, including Biden's son, Hunter, the Anonymous whistleblower whose complaint prompted the investigation of political trial and House The president of the Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, who led the Ukrainian investigation. The House Republicans had already asked for testimony before the Intelligence Committee of three people on the list: the whistleblower, Hunter Biden and Biden's former business partner, Devon Archer. But they were rejected by Schiff and will probably receive the same response from Nadler, a Democrat. A Democratic spokesman for the House Judiciary Committee did not comment immediately. TRUMP MEETS WITH FRIDAY TERM Nadler had given Trump until 5 p.m. (2200 GMT) on Friday to decide whether he or his legal advisor will participate in the next committee procedures. 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 documents. The Democrat of the judicial branch of the House of Representatives, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, told reporters earlier: It seems to me that if you want to present a case in which you have not committed any crime, you would like to present that case ... Then, maybe Don't have the facts in your favor. Nadler has scheduled a committee hearing for Monday. His committee is responsible for drafting articles of political judgment and would have to approve them before sending them to the House for voting. The approval of formal charges would lead to a trial in the Senate led by Republicans on whether to remove Trump from office. Senate Republicans have given little indication that they would support Trump's 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. Republicans accuse Democrats of carrying out a witch hunt for political reasons with the aim of expelling Trump through an unfair dismissal process. 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 2016 United States 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 aid approved by Congress to Ukraine, a vulnerable US ally. UU. He faces Russian aggression, and holding back a coveted White House meeting with Zelenskiy as a lever to pressure Kiev to investigate the Bidens. Trump is the fourth president of the United States. UU. That faces procedures of political judgment. None were removed from office, although Richard Nixon resigned from facing an almost certain political trial in 1974 for the Watergate scandal. (Report by Steve Holland, Susan Cornwell and David Morgan, Additional report by Doina Chicu and Patricia Zengerle; Writing by Will Dunham, Steve Holland and Matt Spetalnick; Writing by Jonathan Oatis and Bill Berkrot) 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.)