US President Trump lashes out at his accusers in the Senate, says he wouldn't attend any of the impeachment trial, but adds, "I'd sort of love to sit right there front row, and stare at their corrupt faces."
Jurors at US Senate will decide if President Trump abused his office and obstructed Congress as charged in two articles of impeachment approved last month by the House of Representatives.
US Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell's resolution gives House Democratic prosecutors and Trump lawyers 48 hours, evenly split, to present their arguments over a maximum of four days.
Trump, only the fourth of 45 American presidents to face the possibility of being ousted by impeachment, has to meet a 1700GMT deadline to submit his written defence.
The House impeachment managers called for US President Donald Trump's removal in order to safeguard the integrity of the 2020 US general election.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signs two articles of impeachment against President Trump before they are delivered to Senate, where Trump faces trial on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
The Democratic-led House of Representatives voted to send two formal charges against President Donald Trump to the Senate, clearing the way for only the third impeachment trial of a US president to begin next week.
President Trump faces charges of abuse and obstruction over his actions toward Ukraine.
Donald Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton earlier refused to participate in the House impeachment inquiry while the Trump administration and Congress battled in court for access to witnesses and documentary evidence.
Trump, a Republican, stands little chance of being convicted and removed from office by the Republican-controlled Senate, which will weigh the two impeachment charges that were passed on Wednesday by the Democratic-led House of Representatives.
US President Donald Trump is accused of abusing his office by pressing the government of Ukraine to investigate a potential political rival ahead of next year's presidential election.
The president is only the third occupant of the White House in US history to be impeached. Minutes after the historic vote, Speaker Nancy Pelosi raised a cloud of doubt by refusing to confirm sending the impeachment articles to Senate for trial.
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