Fox News presenter Sean Hannity with his big fan US president Donald Trump: Links between Fox and the White House are clear  as the  impeachment trial gets under way. Photograph:  Ethan Miller/Getty

America Letter: Fox News and CNN to have huge impact on election due to split audience

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell: president’s legal team is  set to start its allocated 24 hours of speaking time on Saturday morning.  Photograph:  Drew Angerer/Getty

Schiff underlines view US president’s privilege cannot ‘hide wrongdoing or criminality’

House of Representatives managers Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler  speak to reporters on the fourth day of the Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump on Friday. Photograph: Erin Scott/Reuters

Adam Schiff becomes hero of the left as he puts forward strong case in first days of trial

 President Donald Trump: With a two-thirds majority needed for conviction,  he is likely to be acquitted due to Republican control of the chamber. Photograph: Patrick Semansky/AP

Senate minority leader Schumer expresses hope Republicans will vote to call witnesses

House intelligence chairman Adam Schiff: argues it is the role of Congress to keep presidents in check. Photograph: Mary F Calvert

Conviction needed to prove presidents not beyond ‘oversight and the law’, says Schiff

Senate minority Leader Chuck Schumer talks to reporters during a break in the Senate impeachment trial of US president Donald Trump at the Capitol in Washington on January 21st, 2020. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Fractious debate turns into marathon session as Democrats table several amendments

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer talks to reporters outside the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Washington, DC.  Photograph: Julio Cortez/AP Photo

Democrats denounce majority leader Mitch McConnell’s resolution to hold swift trial

The US Senate has introduced even stricter rules for journalists during the impeachment trial. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty

Rules and decorum come into play as Senate considers removing Trump from office

US president Donald Trump has the right to give evidence but this is unlikely. Photograph: Getty

Republicans to note include Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowsi and Lamar Alexander

US president Donald Trump’s legal team argues that the articles of impeachment “do not remotely approach the constitutional threshold for removing a president from office”. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters

President’s team denounces impeachment process as ‘rigged’ and ‘brazenly political’

President Donald Trump at a rally on January 14th in  Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photograph:  Joshua Lott/Getty

As Washington prepares for an impeachment trial, the White House is bullish on the outcome

Sinn Féin’s North Belfast MP John Finucane: His visit to the US so soon after his election underlines the importance Sinn Féin ascribes to its American support. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

America Letter: Restored assembly and demographics key messages for Capitol Hill

Kenneth Starr, the former special prosecutor who investigated former US president Bill Clinton. Photograph:  Rob Lever/AFP via Getty Images

US president brings in high-powered legal defenders for Senate trial next week

House sergeant at arms Paul Irving leads the seven impeachment managers to the Senate chamber of the US Capitol. Photograph:  Alex Wong/Getty

Senators sworn in for impeachment trial as watchdog rules White House illegally withheld Ukraine aid

Phil Hogan hit out at the US for its characterisation of the trade imbalance between the EU and the United States

EU’s trade commissioner speaking during first visit to Washington since appointment

US president Donald Trump and China’s vice premier Liu He at the signing ceremony. Photograph: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg

China is committed to buying $200 billion worth of American goods over two years

Elizabeth Warren and  Bernie Sanders speak as Tom Steyer looks on after the Democratic presidential primary debate at Drake University  in Des Moines, Iowa. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Iowa debate adds further tension to tight race for Democratic presidential nomination

House speaker Nancy Pelosi announcing the managers for the Senate impeachment trial of US president Donald Trump on Wednesday. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Lawmakers vote 228 to 193 to give Senate task of putting president on trial next week

EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen  in Brussels, Belgium, last week. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Europe’s top trade official faces tough discussions during trip amid ongoing tensions

Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer. Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

Democrats Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler among team of managers for president’s trial

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo listens as treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks during a briefing at the White House in Washington DC on Friday. Photograph: Al Drago/Bloomberg

US says latest sanctions will deprive Iranian government of billions of dollars

Guillermo Maldonado, pastor of El Rey Jesus church, prays for US president Donald Trump before he make a speech to evangelical supporters in Miami. Photograph: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Reuters

America Letter: Amid tensions with Iran, the US president moves to mobilise key support

US president Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday: ‘I will say this, we caught a total monster. We took him out. That should have happened a long time ago.’ Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

US Wrap: Vote comes as president claims Iranians were planning to blow up embassy

US speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi: ‘I’m not holding the articles indefinitely. I will turn them over when I’m ready, and that will probably be soon.’ Photograph: Tom Brenner/Reuters

House speaker under pressure to end impasse on Trump impeachment process

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei called the missile attack on an American military base in Iraq a  ‘slap in the face’ for the US, while president Donald Trump tweeted ‘All is well!’ Photograph: AFP via Getty/Bloomberg

US president’s actions have made Iran’s place in the world more volatile and unstable

US president Donald Trump makes a statement at  the White House in Washington on Wednesday. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP   via Getty Images

US president announces new sanctions as rockets fall in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone

 An image grab from footage obtained from the state-run Iran Press news agency  allegedly shows rockets launched from the Islamic republic against a US military base in Iraq on Tuesday night. Photograph: Iran Press /AFP via Getty Images)

Trump to address nation as Tehran says act ‘concluded’ response to Suleimani killing

US president Donald Trump: ‘We saved a lot of lives by terminating his life.’ Photograph: AP

Trump indicates reluctance to row back on threat to target Iranian cultural locations

A banner bearing the likeness of  Qassem Suleimani is carried during a funeral procession in Tehran, Iran. Photograph: Arash Khamooshi/The New York Times

US leader asserts ex-presidents Bush and Obama should have targeted Qassem Suleimani

Iraqis carry a poster depicting Iran’s  Gen Qasem Suleimani (right) and senior Iraqi military figure Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis as they march in a symbolic funeral procession in the  city of Basra, in the wake of the US drone strike last week which  killed both. Photograph: Hussein Faleh/AFP/Getty

Suleimani killing puts intense pressure on US-Iraq links 17 years after US invasion

Former US national security adviser John Bolton: Has crucial knowledge of the president’s actions and conversations regarding Ukraine that could fill out key blanks in the narrative of the impeachment case. Photograph: Sergei Gapon/AFP via Getty Images

Surprise move by former national security adviser puts focus on issue of witnesses

US president Donald Trump takes questions from reporters at his private club, Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Florida on December 24th. Photograph: New York Times

Iraq votes to expel US soldiers after fatal attack on Iranian military commander

 Iraq’s caretaker prime minister Adel Abdul Mahdi (L) attends a parliamentary session regarding the ouster of US troops, in Baghdad. Photograph: Iraqi prime minister’s press office/AFP via Getty Images

Fallout continues after killing of top Iranian commander in US drone strike in Baghdad

Former US vice-president Joe Biden during a bus tour campaign stop in Manchester, Iowa. Photograph: Brittainy Newman/The New York Times

Party’s candidates for 2020 election face a tough battle as primary season gets serious

US president Donald Trump warned the US is targeting 52 sites in Iran and will hit them ‘very fast and very hard’. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty

US ready to strike 52 Iranian sites if provoked, says Donald Trump

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei meeting family of    Qassem Suleimani in Tehran. The general  was killed in a targeted US strike as he left Baghdad International Airport  on Friday morning. Photograph: office of the Iranian supreme leader via AP

Trump defends targeted strike on Suleimani amid threat of major confrontation

 A protester places a shoe on a poster of US president Donald Trump outside the US embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. Photograph: Khalid al-Mousily/Reuters

Analysis: Iranian general’s killing may be one of Trump’s most dangerous decisions

US president Donald Trump: The United States does not seek regime change in Iran. Photograph: Reuters

Qassem Suleimani killed for ‘plotting’ attacks on American diplomats and military personnel

US president Donald Trump: 2019 will ultimately be remembered as the year that led to the mercurial businessman becoming only the third president in US history to be impeached. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Year in Review: 2019 was the year the world became inured to Trump

Donald Trump: “Pelosi gives us the most unfair trial in the history of the US Congress, and now she is crying for fairness in the Senate, and breaking all rules while doing so.”

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer calls for emails and other documents from the White House to be released

Three civil lawsuits have been filed in New Jersey surrounding allegations of sexual assault at Irish dancing events

Three lawsuits filed in New Jersey allege abuse by Irish dancing instructors

Donald Trump: “They [the Democrats] have zero proof of anything, they will never even show up. They want out. I want an immediate trial!” Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

President flies to Florida for holidays as Democrats delay move to Senate

Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks as South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg listens during the Democratic presidential primary debate in Los Angeles on Thursday night. Photograph:  Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

America Letter: Targeting of Pete Buttigieg underlines his status as the one to watch

    US president Donald Trump has been heading inexorably towards impeachment since Pelosi announced the inquiry in September. Photograph:   Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Six-page letter to Pelosi offered window into US president’s psychological state

US president Donald Trump and New Jersey Democrat Jeff Van Drew, who is switching his allegiance to the   Republican Party, in the Oval Office on Thursday. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President calls vote a ‘set-up’ as Democrat Jeff Van Drew joins Republicans

US President Donald Trump denounced the impeachment as a ‘hoax’ and a ‘set-up’ yesterday. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Pelosi suggests delaying transfer of articles to Senate if it cannot guarantee fair process

House speaker Nancy Pelosi   speaks as the House of Representatives debates the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump at the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday. Photograph: House Television via AP

Lindsey Graham accuses House Democrats of ‘weaponising impeachment’ of president

Democratic House speaker Nancy Pelosi  speaks during the House of Representatives debate on impeachment. Photograph: House Television via AP

Republican becomes only third US president to be impeached and now faces trial in Senate

(The US House of Representatives will vote later on Wednesday on articles of impeachment against US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Trump is fourth president in history to face impeachment

In a letter to House speaker Nancy Pelosi, US president Donald Trump said ‘more due process was afforded to those accused in the Salem Witch Trials’. Photograph: Ron Sachs/EPA

House of Representatives to vote on impeachment of US president on Wednesday

Bill Clinton returns to the Oval Office after offering an apology for his actions during a Rose Garden speech on December 19th, 1998, the day the House of Representatives voted to impeach him. Photograph: Paul Hosefros/New York Times

Three presidents have faced impeachment in the past but none was removed from office

US president Donald Trump has been accused of criminal and civil bribery in a House of Representatives judiciary committee report. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP Photo

Claims come as House of Representatives prepares to hold historic impeachment vote

US attorney general Bill  Barr:  claimed the FBI launched an “intrusive investigation . . . on the thinnest of suspicions”. Photograph:  Mark Wilson/Getty

America Letter: Attorney general backs US president to hilt and appeals to religious vote

Democratic chairman Jerry Nadler speaks to the press after the House judiciary committee’s vote on the articles of impeachment in Washington on Friday. Photograph:  Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Vote along party lines after divisive hearings, paving way for full House vote next week

Representative David Cicilline, a Democrat from Rhode Island, holds a news article while speaking during a House judiciary committee hearing in Washington, DC, US. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Republicans indicate US president will face a short trial in Senate if he is impeached

Democrat Richard Neal was one of three congressmen to sign the letter asking British parties to show a ‘continued commitment to an open Irish border’. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Joe Kennedy III, Richard Neal and Brendan Boyle send letter on eve of British election

 Marine One departs Washington on Tuesday with US president Donald Trump on board.  Democratic leaders unveiled articles of impeachment on Tuesday charging Mr Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Photograph: Pete Marovich/New York Times

US wrap: poll shows little change in public sentiment, with 45% favouring impeachment

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and others:  a pre-Christmas impeachment vote is almost certain. Photograph: Shawn Thew

White House accuses Democrats of 'baseless, partisan attempt to undermine sitting president'

US House of Representatives judiciary committee chairman Jerry Nadler, accompanied by Democratic Party colleagues Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters and Carolyn Maloney, unveils the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump in Washington. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

US president accused of ‘high crimes and misdemeanours’ and obstruction of Congress

Speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi and  chairman of the house ways and means committee Richard Neal  during a news conference on USMCA in Washington. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

USMCA agreement follows months of wrangling around decades-long trade arrangement between US, Canada and Mexico

US House of Representatives judiciary committee chairman Jerry Nadler, accompanied by Democratic Party colleagues Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters and Carolyn Maloney, unveils the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump in Washington on Tuesday. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

US president accused of ‘high crimes and misdeamours’ and obstruction of Congress

US president Donald Trump  in the Cabinet Room at the White House on December 9th. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski/ AFP/Getty

However watchdog notes ‘basic, fundamental and serious errors’ in FBI’s wiretap use

 US president Donald Trump  with  Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

Killing of three US soldiers by Saudi national fails to dent president’s allegiance to kingdom

White House officials indicate the administration will aggressively defend President Trump. Photograph: Patrick Semansky

Republican majority will have large sway over outcome of third US impeachment ever

US naval air station in Pensacola, Florida: Friday’s attack followed a US sailor shooting dead two workers there on Wednesday. Photograph: Patrick Nichols/US Navy

Saudi air force trainee kills three as job news boosts impeachment-facing president

Any impeachment trial  is likely to deepen the political divisions in the country. Photograph: EPA/Michael Reynolds

America Letter: Inquiry entered new phase this week with Pelosi saying she had ‘no choice but to act’

Helen McEntee is in Washington DC to meet senior political and business leaders. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Fears growing that whiskey could be in firing line of trade war

US  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announcing that articles of impeachment are to be drawn up against US president Donald Trump. Photograph:  Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

House speaker instructs judiciary committee to draft articles of impeachment

Noah Feldman of Harvard Law School  and Pamela Karlan of Stanford Law School  during a House judiciary committee hearing on the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump in Washington on Wednesday. Photograph: Tom Brenner/Reuters

Law professors testify to House judiciary committee as new phase of inquiry begins

US president Donald Trump leaves 10 Downing Street on December 3rd,  ahead of the NATO alliance summit. Photograph:  Niklas Halle’n/AFP via Getty

Intelligence committee report effectively sets out grounds for Trump impeachment

White House  hopeful Senator Kamala Harris to call time on her campaign. Photograph: Acker/The New York Times

Democratic senator from California ‘lacks the financial resources’ to continue White House bid

Trump administration is expanding its trade war against European exporters

US president Donald Trump has previously described Nato as “obsolete”.  Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

US president arrives in London for meeting, with issue of defence spending still on agenda

Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy: questions  US decision to freeze military aid to Ukraine in Time interview. Photograph: Ints Kalnins

Judiciary committee hearing fails to provide ‘semblance of a fair process’ and clashes with Nato trip

Members of the ad-hoc committee to protect the Good Friday Agreement called on members from both political parties to support the resolution.

House of Representatives resolution will seek to protect NI peace process post-Brexit

US president Donald Trump serves Thanksgiving dinner to US troops at Bagram air base during a surprise visit. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP

On surprise visit to Kabul, US president says he has reopened talks with the Taliban

From left, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Lara Trump, Eric Trump, Donald Trump jnr and Tiffany Trump attend the state of the union address  in Washington. In some Republican circles, the notion of President Trump’s children running for political office is not only a parlour game – it’s a matter of finding the right opportunity for the right Trump. Photograph: Sarah Silbiger/the New York Times

America Letter: Congressman is 20th Republican to announce they will not run in 2020

Rudy Giuliani: There have been reports that federal prosecutors in New York are examining his business dealings in Ukraine. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Trump’s personal lawyer was also seeking incriminating information on Biden at time

Former White House counsel Don McGahn is the subject of a court ruling that may impact the impeachment inquiry. Photograph: Saul Loeb/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

US president invited to participate as House judiciary committee plans public hearings

Former US naval secretary Richard Spencer is seen in Iwakuni, Japan, in July 2018. Photograph: Sgt Akeel Austin/US Marine Corps/EPA

Richard Spencer is forced to resign as president clashes with advisers on war crimes case

Nikki Haley (l) appears to have made the political calculation to support the president. Photograph: Samuel Corum

America Letter: Former South Carolina governor may be Republicans’ greatest hope

Former White House national security aide Fiona Hill testifying before the House intelligence committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday. Photograph: Erin Scott/Reuters

This week’s public hearings shone an unflattering light on president’s Ukraine role

Fiona Hill, the former top Russia expert on the National Security Council, arrives to testify  on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Impeachment inquiry hears Russia ‘systematically attacked’ US democracy

US ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland prepares to testify during the impeachment inquiry hearing in Washington on Wednesday. Photograph: Samuel Corum/New York Times

Quid pro quo threat existed, US ambassador to EU tells impeachment hearing

US ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland prepares to testify to the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump in Washington on Wednesday. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

Secretary of State ‘didn’t see testimony’ but is ‘incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished’

 Lt Col Alexander Vindman testifies before the House intelligence committee  on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC, US. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Former diplomat testifies US president said Ukraine is ‘full of terrible people’

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo announced the decision at a press conference in the state department in Washington. Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

Pompeo announces reversal of US policy on West Bank settlements

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said Mr Trump ‘could come right before the committee and talk, speak all the truth that he wants if he wants’.  Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Trump hints he may testify at public hearings, ‘though I did nothing wrong’

William Taylor appears before the House intelligence committee in Washington: Lawmakers are considering whether to impeach President Donald Trump. Photograph: Erin Schaff/New York Times

America Letter: Kent and Taylor cast light on claims Trump tried to use ally’s vulnerability

Marie Yovanovitch: ‘It’s very intimidating . . . I can’t speak to what the president is trying to do, but the effect is to be intimidating.’ Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

President tweets attack on Marie Yovanovitch during evidence to impeachment inquiry

The impeachment inquiry into Mr Trump  entered a new phase this week with the holding of public hearings. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Recalled US ambassador to Ukraine set to give key witness testimony at public hearing

US ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor, right, and George Kent, deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs, arrive to testify. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Both sides refrain from aggression in cagey opening as president affects disinterest

Top US diplomat in Ukraine William Taylor testifies during the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

New claim emerges as part of impeachment inquiry into president’s dealings with Ukraine

US president Donald Trump at the Economic Club in New York. Photograph: Demetrius Freeman/Bloomberg

Turkish president visits White House after Trump abandoned Kurdish allies in Syria

Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff will control most of the questioning.   Photograph: Reuters/Joshua Roberts/File Photo

At the heart of the investigation is the ‘favour’ sought by Donald Trump from his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenskiy

US president Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attend the opening ceremony of the Veterans Day Parade in New York. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty

President accuses Democrats of releasing fake transcripts as public hearings to begin

Supporters react to election results during the watch party for Kentucky’s attorney general Andy Beshear, running for governor against Republican incumbent Matt Bevin, in Louisville. Photograph: Harrison McClary

America Letter: Trump unpopular nationally but very competitive in key decider states

Former mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg poses for a photograph in 2018. Photograph: Kena Betancur/AFT/Getty Images

Former Republican New York mayor preparing to enter Democratic primary contest

Jennifer Williams,  a national security advisor to vice-president Mike Pence, leaving a closed-door committee hearing as part of the impeachment inquiry against US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

US Wrap: president calls on Joe and Hunter Biden to testify in impeachment inquiry

Chairman of the House intelligence committee Adam Schiff, centre, announces that the first public hearings in the impeachment inquiry will begin next week. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Full impeachment vote expected to be held in House of Representatives before Christmas

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