Protester shouted at committee chairman Jerry Nadler that he and Democrats are committing ‘treason’ in their inquiry

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3.13pm GMT

Barry Burke, House counsel, is giving opening oratory on behalf of the Democrats at the judiciary committee impeachment hearing on Capitol Hill.

Barry Berke: If Trump escapes impeachment “our imagination is the only limit to what Trump may do, or a future president may do, to abuse his power to serve his own interests.”#ImpeachmentHearings

Republican rep Mike Johnson brings up a point of order complaining that the committee counsel argument “impugns the motives of the president”.

Which is the whole point of impeachment. #ImpeachmentInquiry

2.54pm GMT

The US Supreme Court just decided to leave in place a Kentucky law requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients before performing abortions.
The justices did not comment in refusing to review an appeals court ruling that upheld the law, the AP writes.

This action comes a year after the Supreme Court’s conservative majority on a 5-4 vote struck down on free speech grounds a California law that required clinics that counsel women against abortion to notify clients of the availability of abortions paid for by the state

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