Trump impeachment hearings open before live television audience Nov 14, 2019 0 582 12345 AFPWashingtonThe US House of Representatives launched momentous televised impeachment hearings on Wednesday as Democrats seek to make the case to the American public that President Donald Trump abused the powers of his office.“There are few actions as consequential as the impeachment of a president,” said House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, the California congressman overseeing the historic inquiry in the Democratic-controlled House.“The questions presented by this impeachment inquiry are whether President Trump sought to exploit (Ukraine’s) vulnerability and invite Ukraine’s interference in our elections,” Schiff said. “If this is not impeachable conduct, what is?” The 73-year-old Trump faces the most perilous challenge of his tumultuous three-year tenure in the White House as the public impeachment hearings began under the glare of live television cameras.Speaking minutes before the start of the hearings, Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the House, said the probe was necessary to show Trump he can’t do “whatever he wants.” “That he is not above the law,” Pelosi said. “And that he will be held accountable.” Democrats who control the House plan to prove over several weeks of hearings that Trump abused his office by asking Ukraine to conduct a politically motivated investigation into his potential 2020 Democratic president rival Joe Biden.Trump, who maintains he did nothing wrong, lashed out at the inquiry with a series of tweets early on Wednesday, morning citing prominent supporters who called it a “partisan sham.” Addressing the intelligence committee hearing, the panel’s top Republican Devin Nunes assailed the impeachment process as “a carefully orchestrated media smear campaign” that was part of a “scorched-earth war against President Trump.” The investigation threatens to make Trump only the third US president to be impeached, after Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998, although to be removed from office he would need to be convicted by the Republican-led Senate. RELATED ARTICLES Delhi smog hits ‘emergency’ levels as UK’s Prince Charles visits Nov 14, 2019 0 1026 Trump ‘too busy’ to watch impeachment investigation, welcomes Turkey’s Erdogan Nov 14, 2019 0 955 25 charged with murder over brutal killing of Bangladesh student Nov 14, 2019 0 214 12 dead, 20 wounded in Kabul car bomb blast AFP Kabul At least 12 people, including three children, were killed when a minivan packed with explosives rammed into a vehicle carrying foreigners during Kabul’s morning rush hour on Wednesday, officials said. Four .. Firebrand cleric Rehman calls off demonstration in Pakistan capital Islamabad: A Pakistani Islamist leader who led thousands of supporters into the capital two weeks ago and demanded Imran Khan’s resignation called off his demonstration on Wednesday, but insisted he would move to “Plan .. Pakistan ex-PM Sharif rejects govt terms for London treatment trip Islamabad: Pakistan’s ailing former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has delayed his departure to London to seek medical treatment after the government set conditions for allowing him to travel abroad. Sharif was expected .. Germany makes taking photos under a dress a crime Berlin: Taking photographs up women’s skirts in public is to become a crime, the German cabinet decided on Wednesday. The practice, which is widely known as “upskirting” and involves using selfie sticks to take .. French govt under pressure after student sets himself on fire Lyon: The French government on Wednesday attempted to defuse the anger caused by the attempted suicide of a student who set himself alight to protest the hardships of his university life. The 22-year-old student .. Hundreds injured, over 1,000 arrested in Chile protests Buenos Aires: Hundreds of people have been injured and more than 1,000 arrested during heavy rioting in Chile, the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday. A cabinet reshuffle and measures to reduce inequality have been .. Democrats announce eight more witnesses for public hearings Washington: US Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled a list of eight more witnesses who will testify in open hearings as part of the impeachment investigation into President Trump. Lawmakers have already heard from ..