Trump news – live: Angry president cuts short Nato summit trip and rages at Trudeau, as Congress launches next stage of impeachment after damning report.

Donald Trump has suffered fresh humiliation after world leaders Boris Johnson, Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel Macron were filmed apparently laughing behind his back at a Nato reception at Buckingham Palace in London. The US president slammed the Canadian prime minister as "two-faced" to reporters shortly after, while announcing the abrupt cancellation of a press conference later that day, saying he would insteads be returning home.

Back in Washington, the House Judiciary Committee was preparing to hold its first public impeachment hearing into the president after House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff published a damning 300-page report detailing “overwhelming evidence of misconduct” by Mr Trump and his inner circle over Ukraine, with call records dragging Rudy Giuliani and Devin Nunes further into the scandal.

The committee will open the next stage of the impeachment inquiry by going over the report’s findings and taking testimony from four constitutional scholars as the president wraps the second day of the summit in Hertfordshire.

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Key Points


It was meant to be a key moment of the Nato summit, its 70th and one of the most important in recent times: the head of the Alliance’s most powerful state delivering the closing words to the historic occasion.

Donald Trump’s press conference has been choreographed to be the final one in gathering, with Boris Johnson, Emmanuel Macron and the Alliance’s Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg, the supporting acts leading up to it.

Members of the media had bagged seats at Press Conference Room Number One, at the Grove Hotel in Watford, the broadcasters rehearsed their questions. Diplomats and military officers said they, too, were going to turn up, keen to hear the president on a range of critical challenges from Russia and China to terrorism and cyber-conflicts.

But then, an hour before he was due to speak, it was announced that Mr Trump had cancelled his appearance, saying he had done “plenty of press conferences” already and would be heading home.

How a Trump tantrum and a viral video derailed the Nato summit

  • Chris Riotta
  • 4 December 2019 18:47


The House Judiciary Committee is now taking a break from the public impeachment hearings.

  • Chris Riotta
  • 4 December 2019 18:34


Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat, notes how she has been present for all three modern presidential impeachments. The congresswoman was a former Hill staff member during the impeachment of former President Richard Nixon. She later served in the House of Representatives during the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.

She now says Donald Trump tried to "convince a foreign ally to announce a political investigation into his rival".

  • Chris Riotta
  • 4 December 2019 18:29



As The Independent's Andrew Feinberg notes, Donald Trump did the exact wrongdoing the Republicans' key witness is saying would result in an impeachable obstruction of justice -

  • Chris Riotta
  • 4 December 2019 18:25


Full quote from House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler on that moment: "I note that this is the moment in which the White House would have had an opportunity to question the witnesses, but they declined their invitation."

  • Chris Riotta
  • 4 December 2019 18:18


House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler notes the White House would have been provided an opportunity just now to offer their own testimony and give evidence in the impeachment inquiry, but since the administration declined he was beginning with his time for questioning.

  • Chris Riotta
  • 4 December 2019 18:17



In case you're wondering who the Republicans hired to question today's witnesses during the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump -

  • Chris Riotta
  • 4 December 2019 18:11


This analysis comes from a former Watergate prosecutor -

  • Chris Riotta
  • 4 December 2019 18:07


Here's the key moment from the Republicans' witness testimony that has already been shared far and right by the right-wing corners of the web -

  • Chris Riotta
  • 4 December 2019 18:06



A note from The Independent's Andrew Feinberg as he watches the impeachment proceedings from within the room:

"Taylor now appears to be arguing that the impeachment probe is illegitimately political because many Democrats supporting it come from districts that voted for Hillary Clinton. He also notes, apropos of nothing, that most political contributions from lawyers and law professors in 2016 went to Clinton."

  • Chris Riotta
  • 4 December 2019 18:03


Doug Collins has now yielded to Minority Counsel Paul Taylor.

  • Chris Riotta
  • 4 December 2019 17:58


Professor Karlan expertly laid out the case for impeachment in this moment below:

  • Chris Riotta
  • 4 December 2019 17:57



Republican Doug Collins appears to be focusing all of his questioning almost exclusively on the party's witness, Jonathan Turley, who he has let expound on his position about the impeachment into Donald Trump setting a potentially "dangerous precedent" for future presidents.

  • Chris Riotta
  • 4 December 2019 17:53


Here's a key moment from today's House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearings into Donald Trump:

  • Chris Riotta
  • 4 December 2019 17:47


"It has not been explained to me why you want to set the record for the fastest impeachment", Jonathan Turley, the Republicans' key witness today, testifies.

  • Chris Riotta
  • 4 December 2019 17:44



Professor Turley on bribery: "If you’re going to accuse a president of bribery, you have to make it stick — close enough isn’t good enough,” he says, calling it “unfair” to “accuse the president of a crime” even though no one is talking about criminal charges here."

  • Chris Riotta
  • 4 December 2019 17:41


The Republicans' witness appears to argue the framers of the US Constitution would only support impeachment over a case of bribery if money was in fact exchanged, sharply contrasting the view of Professor Karlan.

  • Chris Riotta
  • 4 December 2019 17:39


Republican Doug Collins begins opening the hearing by complaining about how cold it is inside the room where the impeachment proceedings are being held. He is also complaining about the seating arrangements, saying: "This seat is terrible!"

  • Chris Riotta
  • 4 December 2019 17:37



Republican Jim Jordan told The Independent's Andrew Feinberg: "I think it’s going fine for the president -- the facts haven’t changed, the facts have always been on the president’s side.”

  • Chris Riotta
  • 4 December 2019 17:34


Here's more from The Independent's Andrew Feinberg as he chats with politicians during the break: "I caught Rep. Raskin on his way out during the break. When I asked the former professor how “class” was going, he flashed a big smile, gave a thumbs up and replied: 'A+'"

  • Chris Riotta
  • 4 December 2019 17:19

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