Chamber Panel will vote on the report of Ukraine while Trump reflects on the defense

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House of Representatives political trial investigation enters a crucial stage this week, with investigators planning a vote on Tuesday to approve their report defending the impeachment of President Donald Trump while deciding whether to mount a defense before of a probable Senate trial. On Monday, a draft of the report will be distributed to the House Intelligence Committee before the vote scheduled by the members on Tuesday, which would send its findings to the House Judicial Committee to consider the actual charges. Most Democrats say the report will speak for itself when exposing possible bribery charges or high crimes and offenses, the constitutional standard for political trial. Republicans pledge to ask Democratic representative Adam Schiff, chairman of the Intelligence Committee, to testify while trying to issue the investigation led by Democrats as biased against the Republican president. If you decide not to testify, then I really question your veracity in what you are putting in your report, said Rep. Doug Collins, the principal Republican in the Judiciary Committee. It's easy to hide behind a report, Collins added. But it will be something else to get up and answer questions. After two weeks of public testimony, the findings of the House Intelligence Committee report are not yet publicly known. But the report is expected to focus primarily on whether Trump abused his office by retaining military aid approved by Congress by pressing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to initiate investigations into Trump's political rivals. Democrats are also expected to include an article on the obstruction of Congress that describes Trump's instructions to his administration officials to challenge citations for documents or testimonies. Democrats point to a final House vote for Christmas, which would set the stage for a likely Senate trial in January. I believe that all the evidence will certainly be included in that report so that the Judiciary Committee can make the necessary decisions they need, said Representative Val Demings, D-Fla., Member of the Intelligence and Judiciary committees. He said the Democrats had not yet completed the witnesses for the next court hearings and were waiting to receive news from Trump about their plans to present a defense. If you haven't done anything wrong, we are eager to hear your explanation, Demings said. The first hearing of the Judiciary Committee is Wednesday. It is expected that it will have four legal experts who will examine constitutional issues as the committee decides whether to write articles of political judgment against Trump and, if so, what those articles will be. After weeks of ridiculing the process as a farce, Trump has not yet said whether he or his lawyers will participate in court hearings. “Democrats are holding the most ridiculous political trial hearings in history. Read the transcripts, NOTHING was done or said wrong! ”Trump tweeted on Saturday, before being silent on Twitter for much of Sunday. The president himself is unlikely to attend on Wednesday, as Trump is scheduled for a summit with NATO allies outside London. The Judiciary Committee gave the White House until Sunday night to decide whether Trump or his lawyers would attend. Trump must decide before Friday if he will take advantage of due process protections granted by the House rules adopted in October for follow-up hearings, including the right to request the testimony of witnesses and to question witnesses convened by the House. Why would they want to participate in another repetition? Collins asked, noting that the Judiciary Committee had previously heard of constitutional scholars on crimes attributable during Russia's investigation of special lawyer Robert Mueller. This is a complete waste of time for Americans here, said Collins, who is calling the chairman of the committee, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., To expand the list of witnesses to include those wanted by Republicans. That is why this is a problematic exercise and simply an important television event that will be held on Wednesday. Still, Republican Rep. Tom McClintock of California, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said he believes Trump would benefit if he presents his own defense. “I think it would be advantageous for the president to have his lawyers there. That is your right, ”he said. McClintock said he does not believe Trump has done anything wrong with the July 25 call with Zelenskiy who is at the center of the investigation. He didn't use the delicate language of diplomacy in that conversation, that's true. Nor does he use the shameless talk of politicians, McClintock said. For McClintock, Trump was using `` the blunt talk of a Manhattan businessman '' and `` was completely within his constitutional authority '' in his dealings with the leader of Ukraine. Collins appeared on Fox News Sunday and Demings and McClintock were on This Week by ABC. 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.)