Trump public impeachment hearings to start next week

US President Donald Trump has lashed out at his Democrat opponents in a defiant speech at a rally in Louisiana, the BBC reports.

He was speaking after it was confirmed that public impeachment hearings will begin in Congress next Wednesday.

He accused the Democrats of trying to overthrow American democracy via a “deranged, delusional, destructive and hyper-partisan” process.

Mr Trump was in Louisiana to support the Republican candidate for governor in forthcoming elections.

Tuesday saw his party lose the governorship of Kentucky and control of the state legislature in Virginia.

The impeachment inquiry centers on claims that Mr Trump pressured Ukraine to announce an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading contender for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.

Mr Trump denies any abuse of power, calling the inquiry a “witch hunt”.

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