Trump impeachment news – live: House managers deliver opening arguments as Democrats accuse White House lawyers of Fox News-style ‘histrionics’

Joe Sommerlad, Chris Riotta
Donald Trump at Davos: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty

The Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump began in acrimonious fashion on Tuesday, with the Republican-dominated chamber voting down 11 Democratic proposals for amendments to the rules, including the rejection of subpoenas for ex-national security adviser John Bolton and White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to give testimony on the Ukraine scandal.

Democratic impeachment managers Adam Schiff and Jerrold Nadler complained the marathon process was “ass-backwards” and accused Republicans of “voting for a cover-up”, observing: “Only guilty people hide the evidence.”

Looking on from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, President Trump fired out 50 retweets in support of his cause overnight while insisting he was “making great progress” at the global summit, as a new poll makes bleak reading for his supporters ahead of 2020.

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