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Explainer: Can Trump be removed from office before his term ends on 20th January?

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Reuters The storming of the US Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump on Wednesday has prompted calls by some lawmakers to remove him from office before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in on 20th January. The chaotic scenes unfolded after Republican Trump, who has refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, addressed […]

Impeachment leads to theological war of words between Trump, his critics and his backers

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RNS Religious rhetoric is not uncommon on Capitol Hill, where politicians often thread references to the Almighty into speeches while participating in political theatre. But in the drama-filled final week of President Trump’s impeachment trial, God was essentially a supporting character. Senator Lindsey Graham said he used his God-given common sense to decide the impeachment […]

Trump takes jabs at political opponents during National Prayer Breakfast

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Washington DC, USRNS Shortly before President Donald Trump delivered his speech at the annual National Prayer Breakfast, the event’s keynote speaker, Harvard University professor and author Arthur Brooks, asked the crowd, “How many of you love somebody with whom you disagree politically?” Many people in the audience raised their hands. Trump, sitting quietly a few […]

Updated: Senate acquits Trump in historic vote as re-election battle looms

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Updated: 11.15amWashington DC, US Reuters President Donald Trump was acquitted on Wednesday in his US Senate impeachment trial, saved by fellow Republicans who rallied to protect him nine months before he asks voters in a deeply divided America to give him a second White House term. The businessman-turned-politician, 73, survived only the third presidential impeachment […]

Trump poised for acquittal in Senate; Romney will vote to convict

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Washington DC, USReuters A prominent Republican senator, Mitt Romney, on Wednesday became the only member of his party to announce plans to vote to convict Donald Trump in his impeachment trial just hours before the US Senate was poised to acquit the Republican President. The Republican-controlled Senate was scheduled to hold its historic vote at […]

“Wishful thinking”: Chief justice no saviour for liberals at Trump trial

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Washington DC, USReuters Conservative US Chief Justice John Roberts always looked unlikely to become the hero for liberals at President Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial that some of them had hoped for. He turned out to be a mere bit player in the drama. Some Democratic senators, liberal activists and commentators had wanted Roberts to […]

“Time for this to end”: Trump team asks for acquittal at impeachment trial

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Washington DC, USReuters US President Donald Trump’s lawyers wrapped up their arguments in his impeachment trial on Tuesday with a plea for the Senate to acquit him, and also sought to marginalise former national security adviser John Bolton’s explosive allegations about Trump’s conduct as “inadmissible” in the proceedings. “The election is only months away. The […]

Defence at Senate trial says ousting Trump would be “massive interference” in election

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Washington DC, USReuters Lawyers for US President Donald Trump told his Senate impeachment trial on Saturday that Democrats’ efforts to remove the president from office would set a “very, very dangerous” precedent in an election year. White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, the head of the defence team, told senators they would be denying voters their […]

Democrats use words of Trump allies against him in impeachment trial

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Washington, DCReuters Democrats on Thursday pressed their case at US President Donald Trump’s Senate trial for removing him from office by using the words of his own allies against him to make the point that his actions constituted impeachment offences, but his fellow Republicans showed no signs of turning against him. The Democratic House of […]