Trump impeachment trial: Parties clash over rules on day one

Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate was dominated on its opening day by arguments about how the hearing should be conducted.

In an early sign of partisanship, the Republican-controlled Senate rejected three Democrat bids to force the White House to produce extra documents and evidence.

The president, who is 4,000 miles away from Washington in Davos, Switzerland, is charged with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress after investigations by the lower House of Representatives, which the Democrats control.

The case has now moved to the upper house which will decide whether he is guilty. But the final vote is expected to be along party lines and it is therefore unlikely he will be removed from office.

Pat Cipollone, the White House counsel, said that the only conclusion to President Trump's impeachment trial will be that "there is absolutely no case".

Trump lawyer: ‘Absolutely no case’

Mr Trump is accused of trying to pressure Ukraine into investigating his political rival, Democrat Joe Biden, by threatening to withhold military aid.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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