Trump trial first priority in January: Senate leader Dec 12, 2019 0 1102 12345 AFPWashingtonThe trial of Donald Trump will be the Senate’s first priority in January if the US president is impeached as expected next week, the top Republican in Congress said on Wednesday.The House Judiciary Committee was set to meet beginning Wednesday evening to debate two articles of impeachment that accuse Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress related to his dealings with Ukraine.The panel will likely vote to approve the charges on Thursday. That would send the articles to a full vote by the Democratic-led House of Representatives as early as next week on whether to impeach a US president for only the third time in US history.The case would then shift to the Senate in the new year for a trial to decide whether Trump is removed from office.“A Senate trial will have to be our first item of business in January,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told colleagues on the floor.Conviction appears unlikely given that Republicans hold a majority in the chamber and the threshold for conviction is high, at two thirds of members.McConnell savaged Democrats who he says have been desperate to impeach Trump from the day he took the oath of office, and who have rushed the process “based on the least thorough and most unfair impeachment inquiry in modern history.” “If the House continues down this destructive road and sends us articles of impeachment, the Senate will take them up in the new year and proceed to a fair trial.” In multiple public House hearings, Democrats have argued that Trump abused the powers of his office to solicit foreign interference in 2020’s US elections, and that he would remain a “clear and present danger” to national security if not removed from office. RELATED ARTICLES Climate activist Greta Thunberg is Time’s 2019 person of the year Dec 12, 2019 0 617 Two killed, 73 injured as Taliban bombers attack US Afghan base Dec 12, 2019 0 261 Three patients die as lawyers clash with doctors in Pakistan hospital Dec 12, 2019 0 1047 Experts quit Hong Kong police probe, in blow to govt Hong Kong: An international panel of experts hired to advise Hong Kong on the police response to huge pro-democracy protests announced on Wednesday they were quitting, saying the watchdog was not fit for purpose “in a .. Thousands rally in Australia as bushfires burn Canberra: Thousands of people have gathered in Sydney asking the conservative government to take serious and urgent action on climate change as the city remains blanketed by smoke pollution and devastating .. Myanmar’s Suu Kyi rejects genocide claims at top UN court GENEVA: Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi rejected allegations of genocide against Myanmar in the UN’s top court on Wednesday, despite admitting the army may have used excessive force against Rohingya Muslims. Suu .. India passes contentious citizenship bill amid protests AFP Guwahati India’s parliament on Wednesday passed a contentious bill that seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants from some countries, as hundreds of troops were deployed in the northeast which has been .. Britain’s PM Johnson makes final call to voters ahead of ‘tight’ election London: Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a final call to British voters on Wednesday to help him “get Brexit done” by voting for his party in a snap election. Speaking to reporters at a milk depot in northern ..