The US Senate has rejected repeated Democratic attempts to secure new evidence in President Donald Trump's impeachment as his trial began. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell meanwhile backed off on a plan to fast-track the hearings after coming under pressure from fellow Republicans. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday, Mr Trump dismissed the accusations against him as "just a hoax". It is only the third time in US history that a president is facing an impeachment trial and it is unclear how long it will last. But the Senate, which is controlled by his fellow Republicans, is not expected to convict the president and remove him from office.
Source: Sunday Observer January 22, 2020 06:11 UTC