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    Earlier, US Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell proposed rules that would envisage a quick impeachment trial for President Trump.

    The US Senate is set to launch an impeachment trial against President Trump on Tuesday at 1 pm local time. The Senate is largely controlled by the Republican party making Trump's ouster highly unlikely.

    On 19 December, the House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The move followed a formal impeachment inquiry launched against the president over a whistleblower's complaint about his 25 July call with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky. The so-called whistleblower alleged that Trump "pressured" his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate potential corruption involving former Vice President Joe Biden and his son in Ukraine.

    Trump has denied any wrongdoing, repeatedly dismissing the impeachment inquiry as another "witch-hunt" aimed at reversing the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

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      "It goes nowhere, because nothing happened," Trump said at the start of his meeting with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Davos, just hours before the US Senate impeachment trial was set to resume. "I'm sure it will work out fine."


    • 14:46

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      “You must disclose all facts and information as to which you have first-hand knowledge that will be at issue in connection with evidence you present or arguments you make in your role as the President’s legal advocate so that the Senate and Chief Justice can be apprised of any potential ethical issues, conflicts, or biases", Reuters quoted a letter to Cipollone written by the House of Representatives managers.

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