Trump ‘too busy’ to watch public hearings in impeachment inquiry

The first public hearings in President Trump’s impeachment inquiry are getting underway in the US this morning, though he says he’s too busy to watch them.

The hearings will look into Donald Trump’s dealings with the Ukranian President, with a particular phone call to take centre stage.

Mr Trump is accused of requesting an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, in return for military aid from the Ukraine.


A dozen or so witnesses have already testified behind closed doors, though will now do so in the public eye.

The Democrat chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, says Mr Trump’s actions will be under the microscope.

“The hearings will be an opportunity for the American people to evaluate the witnesses for themselves, to make their own determinations about the credibility of the witnesses, but also to learn firsthand about the facts of what goes into ‘misconduct’,” Mr Schiff said.

Tens of millions of people are expected to tune into the hearings, which are scheduled for today and Friday.

It’s the first impeachment drama in two decades, though Donald Trump says he’s not interested.

“I did not watch it.

“I’m too busy to watch it. It’s a witch hunt, it’s a hoax, I’m too busy to watch it.

“So I’m sure i’ll get a report, but I have not been briefed,” Trump told reporters.