Trump impeachment: Historic Senate trial begins as McConnell caves on 'disgraceful' evidence rules

Trump impeachment: Historic Senate trial begins as McConnell caves on 'disgraceful' evidence rulesDonald Trump’s lawyers and Democrats arguing for his removal from office clashed on Tuesday over the powers of his office, as the president’s legal team echoed his allegations about the House investigation that led to his impeachment.House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff used his lengthy opening statement to warn senators to resist transforming Mr Trump into “a monarch” by allowing him to set the terms of a trial that will determine whether he is ousted from the Oval Office. But White House counsel Pat Cipollone responded on the first day of Mr Trump’s impeachment trial by alleging House Democrats put forth “fraudulent” evidence and “have no case.”



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