Trump news – live: Impeachment hearing launched by Congress, as poll shows president losing in series of swing states

Joe Sommerlad
President Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico: Andres Leighton/AP

Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski will appear before the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment inquiry on Tuesday to testify over obstruction of justice allegations raised by the Mueller report.

The witness has been gagged by the White House, however, and two more aides – Rick Dearborn and Rob Porter – have been told to ignore subpoenas and not attend the session with the Democratic-led panel on the grounds that they are protected by “absolute immunity”.

The president’s latest campaign rally on Monday evening saw him attempt to appeal to the Hispanic voters of New Mexico he alienated in 2016, a day bookended by his calls for resignations at The New York Times over the latest sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh and a new poll forecasting Mr Trump’s defeat in key 2020 swing states.

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