The White House says it will not participate in Trump's impeachment hearing on Wednesday

(Add quotes from the letter, Democratic Representative Beyer) By David Morgan and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (Reuters) - The White House told Democratic lawmakers on Sunday that U.S. President Donald Trump and his lawyers would not participate in a political trial hearing this week, citing a lack of fundamental justice. Trump's aides responded defiantly to the first of the two crucial deadlines he faces in Congress this week as Democrats prepare to shift the focus of their political trial investigation from the search for facts to the consideration of possible charges of misconduct on Your dealings with Ukraine. The House of Representatives Judicial Committee, led by the Democrats, charged with considering the charges known as articles of political trial, had given Trump until 6 p.m. (2300 GMT) on Sunday to say if he would send a lawyer to participate in court panel proceedings on Wednesday. We cannot justly expect us to participate in a hearing as long as the witnesses have not yet been appointed and although it is not clear whether the Judiciary Committee will grant the President a fair process through additional hearings, White House attorney Pat Cipollone wrote , to the President of the Judiciary Committee. Jerrold Nadler, according to a copy of a letter seen by Reuters. Cipollone, although citing a total lack of due process and the fundamental equity he gave the president in the impeachment process, did not rule out participation in other proceedings. But he said the Democrats would first have to make large procedural concessions. Nadler has given the White House a deadline on Friday to say if Trump will mount a defense in broader recall proceedings. The Democratic staff of the Judiciary Committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the White House's refusal to participate in the hearing, which would have been the first direct involvement of Trump's camp in a process he has condemned as a witch hunt . The US Democratic representative, Don Beyer, said on Twitter in response to the White House letter: So far, no complaints about the process presented by the president and his Republican allies in Congress have proved genuine. Congressional investigators have been investigating whether Trump abused his power by pressing Ukraine to initiate investigations of former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden, who is running to unseat him in the 2020 presidential elections, and a discredited conspiracy theory in which Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 presidential elections in the US. UU. PANEL OF LEGAL EXPERTS The first of a series of expected judicial proceedings will hear testimony about the political trial process established under the United States Constitution from a panel of legal experts that has not yet been appointed. Hearings before the committee, which has the responsibility of drawing up any formal charges against Trump, are an important step towards possible charges. The Democratic president of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, who will make the final decision, has not yet said whether the Republican president should be dismissed. But in a letter to supporters last week, she asked to be held accountable for her actions. Trump has denied acting wrong and called the political trial investigation a farce. Nadler also set a second deadline of 5 p.m. (2200 GMT) on Friday for Trump to say if he or his legal advisor will participate in the additional procedures expected next week to examine the evidence against him. We may consider participating in future Judicial Committee procedures if it gives the administration the ability to do so in a meaningful way, Cipollone wrote, presenting a list of lawsuits, which includes allowing Trump Republicans to call additional witnesses. Cipollone also complained that the Democrats had scheduled Wednesday’s hearing, no doubt on purpose, to overlap with Trump’s absence from the United States to attend a NATO summit in London. Three investigation panels, led by the House Intelligence Committee, will publish a formal report this week when lawmakers return on Tuesday from a Thanksgiving break. The report will describe the evidence gathered by the Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Supervision committees. Intelligence panel members will review the report in a classified environment on Monday night, and the entire committee will consider it and vote on Tuesday before submitting it to the Judiciary Committee, according to an Intelligence Committee official and a person familiar with the matter. . . The president and his Republican allies in Congress say the investigation has been rushed and unfair to Trump by not allowing the White House to have legal advice present or call witnesses during weeks of testimony behind closed doors and open hearings before the Intelligence Committee of the camera. However, Republican lawmakers were able to question witnesses during closed hearings and called three witnesses during public hearings that concluded last week. The Judicial Committee of the House of Representatives could vote if it will recommend articles of political trial within the next two weeks, setting the stage for a possible political trial vote throughout the House before Christmas, according to Democratic advisors. If the House dismisses Trump, the Republican-controlled Senate will hold a trial to determine whether he should be removed from office. Senate Republicans have shown little appetite for dismissing Trump. (Report by David Morgan, Matt Spetalnick, Richard Cowan and Andrea Shalal; Additional report by Humeyra Pamuk, Patricia Zengerle, Jonathan Landay, Steve Holland and Diane Bartz; Nick Zieminski and Peter Cooney Edition) 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.)