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Trump rejects impeachment charges as an affront to U.S. Constitution

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday rejected the Democratic-led House of Representatives' impeachment charges, describing the allegations that he had abused his power and obstructed Congress as affronts to the U.S. Constitution that must be rejected. Learn More


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Explainer: How Trump's impeachment trial will differ from a criminal one

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate's impeachment trial of President Donald Trump will begin in earnest on Tuesday, when senators may begin hearing opening statements on why he should be removed from office. More »


Factbox: As Trump goes on trial, a fight over witnesses remains unresolved

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump goes on trial in the U.S. Senate this week on charges he abused his office and obstructed Congress, with one of the most contentious questions still unresolved - should senators hear from witnesses? More »


Senate's McConnell keeps cool in heated Trump impeachment trial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, which begins next week, may pose one of the greatest political challenges Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has faced in more than three decades in Congress. As usual, he is showing little sign of the pressure. More »


Democrats mark King's birthday on presidential campaign trail

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Reuters) - Democrats locked in a tight race for their party's presidential nomination will mark the holiday that celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. by seeking the support of black voters. More »


Sanders says being a woman, age could be 'problems' for 2020 candidates

DES MOINES, IOWA/CONCORD, N.H. (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders struggled to move past a weeklong controversy over whether he told U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren in a 2018 private meeting that a woman could not beat Republican President Donald Trump as the White House rivals campaigned over the weekend in the early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire. More »


Trump promises farmers that China trade deal will be good for them

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - President Donald Trump sought on Sunday to assure American farmers and ranchers hit by a protracted tariff war with China that a trade agreement he signed with Beijing will lead to major purchases of U.S. agricultural products. More »


Presidential hopeful Sanders renews attack on rival Biden's Social Security record

CONCORD, N.H. (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders doubled down on criticism of former Vice President Joe Biden’s record on Social Security on Sunday, as the two front-runners for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president sparred just weeks before voting begins. More »


Vows of peace, fears of violence at Virginia gun rally

RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) - The top Republican in Virginia's lower house said that any group planning to incite violence at a large gun rights rally on Monday in Richmond should stay home, while far-right leaders of militias planning to attend swore they were coming in peace. More »


Trump urges Senate to reject impeachment as affront to U.S. Constitution

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's lawyers argued on Monday that the impeachment case against him is a product of a rigged process by Democrats and "must be rejected" in the Senate trial that gets under way in earnest on Tuesday. More »


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