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Trump impeachment trial: Senate may allow witnesses

Republican and Democratic lawmakers are wrangling over Senate trial rules, with Democrats, who are the minority in the upper house, demanding witnesses be called so that “a fair trial” can take place.

Donald Trump, last week, became only the third US president to be impeached by the House of Representatives. He was formally impeached for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

US Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell says he has not ruled out allowing witnesses to testify in the upper chamber’s impeachment trial of President Trump.

Mr. Trump is accused of pressuring the Ukrainian president to start an investigation into his political rival, Democratic presidential front runner, Joe Biden.

The Senate trial is expected to begin in January, after the holiday break.

He is accused of doing this by withholding 391 million Dollars in military aid and making a White House visit contingent on cooperation by the Ukrainian leader.

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