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Senate trial opens with eye on US presidential elections in Nov

Democrats and Republicans wrangled and skirmished long and hard on Tuesday night over whether documents and witnesses should be subpoenaed in the impeachment trial of United States President Donald Trump.

It is only the third time a president of the US - and the first time a president who is up for re-election - has been put on trial in the Senate.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 23, 2020, with the headline 'Senate trial opens with eye on US presidential elections in Nov'. Print Edition | Subscribe