The White House says it will not participate in the political trial hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House said Sunday it would not participate in the first political trial hearings before the House Judiciary Committee, while Democrats were preparing to approve their report on Tuesday to present the case of President Donald's dismissal Trump The Democratic majority in the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee says their report will speak for itself when presenting possible bribery charges or high crimes and misdemeanors, the constitutional standard for political trial. After receiving the report, the Judicial Committee would prepare the actual charges. The first hearing of that committee was already scheduled for Wednesday and was expected to present four legal experts who will examine the constitutionally based issues as the committee decides whether to write articles of political judgment against Trump and, if so, what would be those items. The White House was invited to attend Wednesday's hearing, but its lawyer refused in a fire letter published Sunday night. This unfounded and highly partisan investigation violates all previous historical precedents, the basic rights of due process and fundamental equity, said White House lawyer Pat Cipollone, continuing the West Wing attack on the procedural form of trial proceedings politician. Trump himself was scheduled to attend a summit with NATO allies outside London on Wednesday. Cipollone's letter applied only to Wednesday's audience, and demanded more information from Democrats about how they intended to hold more hearings before Trump decided whether to participate in those hearings. The rules approved by the House of Representatives grant the president and his lawyers the right to question witnesses and review the evidence before the committee, but little capacity to present their own witnesses. The Republicans, meanwhile, wanted the Democratic representative Adam Schiff, president of the Intelligence Committee, to testify before the Judiciary Committee, although they have no power to force him to do so, since they joined the White House effort to try to issue the Democratic vote. directed the investigation 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. Schiff has said there is nothing he can testify about, that he is not a factual witness and that Republicans are just trying to placate the president, and that is not a good reason to call a member of Congress as a witness. After two weeks of public testimony and two months of investigation, the findings of the Intelligence Committee report were not yet publicly known. But the report was expected to focus primarily on whether Trump abused his office by retaining military aid approved by Congress and a White House meeting when he pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to initiate investigations into Trump's political rivals. Democrats were also expected to include an article on the obstruction of Congress that describes Trump's instructions to his administration officials to challenge citations by documents or testimonies. Democrats were aiming for 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. Trump previously suggested that he might be willing to offer written testimony under certain conditions, although attendees suggested they did not anticipate that Democrats would ever agree with them. “Democrats are holding the most ridiculous political trial hearings in history. Read the transcripts, NOTHING was done or said wrong! ”Trump tweeted on Saturday. The Democrats had pressured Trump to decide before Friday if he would take advantage of due process protections granted by the House rules approved in October for follow-up hearings, including the right to request witness testimony and interrogate witnesses summoned by the Chamber. . If you are serious about conducting a fair process in the future, and to protect the rights and privileges of the President, we may consider participating in future proceedings of the Judiciary Committee if it gives the Administration the ability to do so in a meaningful way, he said. Cipollone on Sunday's letter. Why would they want to participate in another repetition? Asked Collins, a Democrat from Georgia, noting that the Judicial Committee had previously heard from constitutional scholars about crimes attributable during the investigation of special lawyer Robert Mueller in Russia. This is a complete waste of American time here, said Collins, who is asking 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 event made for TV 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 doesn't 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. ___ Associated Press writers Zeke Miller and Jill Colvin contributed to this report. 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