Biden news live: Latest Trump impeachment updates

Biden news live: Latest Trump impeachment updates


Biden news live: Latest Trump impeachment updates

Biden news live: Latest Trump impeachment updates

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Donald Trump’s lead impeachment lawyers have reportedly quit with just over a week to go before his Senate trial, injecting fresh drama into a process that looks likely to result in an acquittal for the former president.

Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier, both South Carolina lawyers, are no longer working for Mr Trump. A source told the Associated Press the parting was a “mutual decision” that reflected a difference of opinion on the direction of the case. It comes as all but five Senate Republicans this week voted in favour of an effort to dismiss the trial before it even started. 

Meanwhile, Joe Biden has spent the weekend working on his administration’s ongoing efforts to tackle the Covid pandemic, as well as the government-funded aid package, billed as the American Rescue Plan. In a tweet after his first full week in office, and amid criticism from his opponents over the heavy reliance on executive orders, Mr Biden highlighted key areas that he had already addressed and vowed: “I’m just getting started.”

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Biden’s weekend plans

Joe Biden’s team are keen to emphasise that the president is still working this weekend despite the apparent calm compared with Donald Trump’s presidency. 

US media noted “how low a profile the new administration is keeping on the weekend” while Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar said she “woke up on a Saturday and didn’t have to respond to a mean tweet from the White House. Feels weird but good. I’m going to make some toast instead”.

Ronald Klain, the White House chief of staff, responded: “Quick tweet to say we’re working at the WH today on next steps in the COVID response, making sure we’re ready for the winter storm, and advancing the American Rescue Package.  Enjoy your toast.”

Tom Batchelor31 January 2021 09:47

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Lincoln Project says it will sue Rudy Giuliani over Capitol riot claims

Following comments by former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, Lincoln Project founder Steve Schmidt says the group will take legal action against both him and his client, Donald Trump.

In an appearance on former Trump adviser Steve Bannon’s podcast on Friday, Mr Giuliani accused the anti-Trump former Republican of being playing a role in the organisation of the storming of the US Capitol by pro-Trump rioters.

Mr Schmidt told MSNBC host Ali Velshi that he was “thrilled” at the prospect of suing Mr Giuliani, Mr Trump, and Mr Bannon for defamation.

Tom Batchelor31 January 2021 09:31

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Biden: ‘I’m just getting started’

Joe Biden has spent his first 10 days in office signing more than three-dozen executive actions. The president has faced scrutiny for what critics say is an over reliance on the power, while his supporters hail moves to address issues including environmental regulations, immigration policies and racial justice after four years of Donald Trump in the White House.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday that Mr Biden’s early reliance on executive action is at odds with the Democrat’s pledge as a candidate to be a consensus builder. The New York Times editorial board on Thursday ran an opinion piece headlined “Ease up on the Executive Actions, Joe.”

On Saturday, Mr Biden appeared to brush that criticism aside, tweeting:

Tom Batchelor31 January 2021 09:18

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Trump loses lead impeachment lawyers a week before trial

The main talking point in Washington DC overnight was the departure of Donald Trump’s top impeachment legal team.

Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier, both South Carolina lawyers, have left his team in what one person described as a “mutual decision” that reflected a difference of opinion on the direction of the case.

The two people familiar with the legal team discussions insisted on anonymity to discuss private conversations. One said new additions to the legal team were expected to be announced in a day or two.

Tom Batchelor31 January 2021 09:05

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Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s rolling coverage at the end of Joe Biden’s first full week in office.

Tom Batchelor31 January 2021 08:58


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