Trump impeachment news live: Latest updates as president faces humiliation before historic senate trial

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‘End this crap as quickly as possible’

 

How are Republicans taking all of this? Not well, you will not be surprised to hear.

 

Lindsey Graham appeared on Sean Hannity’s Fox show last night and commented: “The best thing for the American people is to end this crap as quickly as possible, to have a trial in the Senate, bipartisan acquittal of the president. And on 4 February, when the president comes into the House chamber to deliver the State of the Union, he will have been acquitted by the Senate.”

 

 

That deadline is thought to be unrealistic though as the first phase of the trial alone – beginning today with the swearing-in of US chief justice John Roberts – is expected to consist of roughly two weeks of opening arguments and questions from senators.

 

The question of whether to call witnesses remains still unresolved, with the likes of Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and Graham reluctant to entertain new developments but senate Democrats led by Chuck Schumer determined to hear from the likes of John Bolton, Mick Mulvaney, Robert Blair and Office of Management and Budget official Michael Duffey.

 

Kentucky Republican senator Rand Paul has meawhile threatened GOP colleagues Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney and Lamar Alexander that he will force a vote on summoning Hunter Biden (a more polarising option) if they join the Democratic cause by insisting on hearing from Bolton et al, according to Politico.

 

 

As ex-secretary of labour Robert Reich observes, that Maddow interview “makes Watergate look like child’s play”.