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The historic impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump opened in the Senate on Tuesday where the Republican president faces charges of “high crimes and misdemeanors”. Trump, who is expected to be acquitted by the Republican-controlled Senate, claims he is innocent of the charges.
- The US Senate voted 53-47, exactly along party lines, to table several amendments proposed by Democratic US Senator Chuck Schumer:
- Subpoena White House documents
- Subpoena State Department documents
- Subpoena Budget Office documents detailing Trump's aid to Ukraine
- Subpoena testimony of Mick Mulvaney, Trump's acting chief of staff, central to the Ukraine scandal
- Subpoena Pentagon documents
- Subpoena testimony of Trump staffer Robert Blair and a senior official from the Office of Management and Budget, Michael Duffey
- Require the sharing of evidence by both parties
- The articles of impeachment state that Trump tried to pressure Ukraine into interfering in the 2020 US election to help him win, and then tried to thwart a congressional probe of his behaviour.
- Trump will not be present at the trial – he is currently in Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum. Trump told reporters there: “That wholRead More – Source