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New York magazine

President Donald Trump is apparently unbothered by the first ever public impeachment hearings set to begin this morning on Capitol Hill. Trump will be busy hosting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House when the hearings get underway.

Witnesses are expected to testify that they heard or overheard reports of Trump asking a foreign leader to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden in a phone call earlier this year.

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Trump has denied any wrongdoing and he released a transcript of his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on July 25. "The transcript is perfect," Trump said.

Congress is reportedly furious that Trump is hosting the Turkish leader at the White House while the impeachment hearings are underway. The two men are expected to hold talks on subjects that include military aid and terrorism in the Middle East.

The Democrats, led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, are desperate to remove Trump from office before the 2020 presidential elections when their candidates have virtually no chance of defeating him at the polls.

Schiff claims Trump is guilty of bribery, treason, high crimes or misdemeanors - the Constitutional standards by which Congress can impeach a sitting president.

According to Schiff, Trump threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine if they didn't agree to investigate the Bidens, among other impeachable offenses.
 

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