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

Counsel representing Donald Trump will begin setting out their opening arguments on Saturday in the impeachment trial of the president, as Democrats m(...)

A 171-page legal brief issued by Donald Trump’s defence team sets out a breathtaking argument that in effect says this: even if the president did abuse his powers in an attempt to force Ukraine into investigating Joe Biden, a Democratic rival for the presidency, that would not be enough to remove him from office because he committed no crime. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Even before Donald Trump’s impeachment trial got under way, any hope that Senate Republicans would treat this grave moment any more seriously than the(...)

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

There were bright blue skies over the US Capitol on another historic day in Washington on Tuesday as the impeachment trial of Donald Trump began in ea(...)

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

The impeachment trial of US president Donald Trump begins on Tuesday in Washington, amid a renewed push from the Republican-controlled Senate for the (...)

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

History will be made next week when the impeachment trial of Donald J Trump opens in the US Senate – only the third time in history that a sitting US (...)

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

Former special counsel Kenneth Starr – a key figure in Bill Clinton’s impeachment 21 years ago – has been added to US president Donald Trump’s legal t(...)

House of Representatives impeachment managers walk to the Senate chamber on Thursday  to begin the impeachment trial of US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

The Senate impeachment trial on whether to remove US president Donald Trump from office formally began on Thursday, as a congressional watchdog found(...)

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

US president Donald Trump hailed a “phase one” trade deal with China on Wednesday as “momentous”, as he welcomed Chinese vice premier Liu He to a sign(...)

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

The US House of Representatives voted to send articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate on Wednesday, paving the way for on(...)

US president Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giulian arrives with his associate Lev Parnas (left)  before a state funeral service for former president George HW Bush  in Washington in December 2018. Photograph: Al Drago/Bloomberg

New details have emerged of US president Donald Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine, intensifying demands on Senate Republicans on the eve of a histo(...)

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