As Donald Trump reels from Wednesday’s House vote making him only the third American president to be impeached, a Washington Post reporter has claimed he overheard a White House staffer wishing colleagues a “Merry Impeachmas”, suggesting the president’s inner circle is not as united as he likes to insist.
Mr Trump has meanwhile been attracting criticism from his fellow Republicans after attacking Democratic congresswoman Debbie Dingell and suggesting her late husband is in hell during his rally in Battle Creek, Michigan, this week, with Oklahoma’s Tom Cole branding his remarks “extraordinarily inappropriate”.
Twitter was flooded with posts from people who were left terrified after buildings shook when the tremor hit around 4.50pm local time on Friday.
One person tweeted: “That was a scary tremor (Earthquake). Hope everyone in other parts of Pakistan are fine.”
In the days leading up to the House vote Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, declared that he would not be an impartial juror and that he would take his cues on how to run the trial from White House lawyers. Ms Pelosi said she would not send the articles to the Senate until she was satisfied that it would hold a fair trial.
Although the constitution gives the Senate the sole power to remove presidents from office, the rules for the procedure are up to Congress to negotiate. Democrats have demanded that John Bolton, the former national security adviser, and Mick Mulvaney, the White House chief of staff, appear as witnesses. The two men have first-hand knowledge of Mr Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, which was allegedly pressed to dig up dirt on Joe Biden, Mr Trump’s rival, in exchange for American military aid. Democrats said that the accounts of Mr Bolton and Mr Mulvaney must be heard.
From there she went by train to a climate summit in Spain – which ended without an agreement – before visiting Turin and Basel on her way back to Sweden.
She celebrated her return on Tuesday by posing with her pet dogs, Moses and Roxy.
The Wab, which was published on Thursday, has been stripped of a series of promises the government had made previously in an attempt to get it through parliament before the election, including on workers’ rights.
Johnson insisted Britain’s right to make its own decisions on these issues was a key benefit of Brexit. “We will take advantage of these new freedoms to legislate in parallel on the environment, on workers and on consumer rights,” he said.