Health of the liberal justice is closely watched because a vacancy in the nine-member Supreme Court would give President Donald Trump the opportunity to appoint a third justice to 5-4 conservative majority court to prod it further to the right.
The outcome on Wednesday followed months of remarkable impeachment proceedings, from Speaker Nancy Pelosi's House to Mitch McConnell's Senate, reflecting the nation's unrelenting partisan divide three years into the Trump presidency.
Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses were expected to provide some clarity for what has been a muddled nomination fight for much of the last year.
The Democratic-led House impeached Trump on Dec 18 on charges of abuse of power for asking Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden and obstruction of Congress for blocking testimony and documents sought by lawmakers in their investigation.
House Democrats announced articles of impeachment charging US President Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The charges stem from Trump's pressure on Ukraine to investigate his political rivals as he blocked aid to the country.
The House impeachment report is expected behind closed doors on Monday, ahead of the judiciary committee's first hearings set for Wednesday which President Donald Trump's lawyer said the White House will not attend.
President Donald Trump injected racial overtones into the House impeachment inquiry by comparing the Democratic-led investigation into his handling of US policy toward Ukraine to a “lynching,” which was historically used by whites against black men.
The House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Government Oversight committees say they wrote to acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seeking documents and interviews on Trump's communications with Putin.
Democratic leaders reflect their persistent concern that acting too quickly to press probe of President Donald Trump's ties with Russia or his personal tax records may be perceived as overreach and cause a backlash in next election cycle.
The body of George H.W. Bush was placed in the US Capitol to lie in state as mourners gathered to commemorate the 41st president's lifetime of service to his country.
CNN is suing the Trump administration, demanding that correspondent Jim Acosta's White House press credentials be returned following last week’s contentious news conference.
Historically, midterm elections have always weakened the party that holds the presidency. Democrats will try to flip both chambers of Congress in their favour to block Trump's controversial policies on healthcare, migrants and the border wall.
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