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Trump too busy to watch impeachment hearing

Published:Thursday | November 14, 2019 | 12:28 AM

President Donald Trump says he’s been “too busy” to watch the first public impeachment hearing.

But he told reporters, as he meets with his Turkish counterpart in the Oval Office, that he’s “sure” he’ll “get a report” from staff on the hearing, which he dismisses as a “witchhunt” and a “hoax.”

Trump is also criticising the use of staff lawyers to question witnesses. He’s dismissing Daniel Goldman, the investigations chief for Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, and Steve Castor, the chief investigative counsel for Republicans, as “television lawyers”.

William Taylor and George Kent testified yesterday in the first public hearing of the House impeachment inquiry.

Investigators are examining whether Trump abused the power of his presidency by pressing Ukraine’s leader to investigate his political rivals.