US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Senate should begin impeachment trial of President Donald Trump even though it has not resolved a dispute over whether top White House aides will be called as witnesses.
Top Democrat Chuck Schumer is negotiating with his Republican counterpart Mitch McConnell to establish a fair trial.
In the days following the phone call between President Trump and Ukraine's new president, senior White House officials intervened to "lock down" all records of the call, according to a declassified whistleblower complaint.
Executive privilege is a right claimed by US presidents to withhold information about internal executive branch deliberations from other branches of government. Democrats have condemned the move.
The measure, which avoids another government shutdown, includes only $1.375 billion for border barriers or fencing, far less than the $5.7 billion that US President Trump has demanded for his long-sought border wall.
Georgia Democrat, Stacey Abrams, becomes the first black woman to deliver a State of the Union response.
The deal signed by Trump, and approved by Senate, will fund the US government through February 15 while negotiations continue on his demand for a border wall with Mexico.
President Trump has refused to reopen the US government until Congress gives him $5.7B for his wall and congressional Democrats have rejected bargaining until he reopens the government.
Senate leaders agree to vote on duelling proposals this week to reopen shuttered federal agencies. The Republican plan is a trade-off: Trump's border wall funding in exchange for temporary protection from deportation for some immigrants.
While Trump is clearly unwilling to negotiate with Democratic leaders on the shutdown, his Vice President Mike Pence thinks Democrats were "unwilling to even negotiate" an end to the partial government shutdown.
Passions are ablaze in the US capital where the government is partially shut down over the president's demand for a border wall which critics say is unnecessary. Each side took their case to the people on Tuesday.
US President Donald Trump threatens to not sign a federal spending bill required by December 21 to avoid leaving swaths of the government without funding in retaliation for not getting the $5 billion he wants to build a wall on the Mexican border.
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