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US election: Donald Trump to hold first 2020 rally in Ohio next month

The Senate impeachment trial is expected to start that week, though it may be delayed as lawmakers argue over whether to call new witnesses.

SNS | New Delhi |

Ahead of 2020 US election, President Donald Trump will hold his first rally in Ohio, starting from next month, potentially coinciding with the beginnings of the Senate impeachment trial.

The announcement came earlier on Monday when his campaign said that President Trump will speak at the Keep America Great rally in Toledo on Jan. 9.

The Senate impeachment trial is expected to start that week, though it may be delayed as lawmakers argue over whether to call new witnesses.

Ohio is an extremely competitive swing state that has trended more Republican in recent years with President Trump winning the state by an 8 percentage point margin in 2016.

A repeat victory in the state is vital to the President’s hopes for reelection in November.

Last week, Trump was impeached for abuse of power in a historic vote in the House of Representatives, setting up a Senate trial on removing him from office after three turbulent years.

The House vote came four months after a whistleblower blew open the scandal of Trump pressuring Ukraine’s president to investigate his potential White House challenger in 2020, the veteran Democrat Joe Biden.

While impeachment is expected to pass in the Democratic-led House, the Senate is held by a Republican majority and would likely acquit the US president as his 2020 reelection campaign gathers pace.

President Trump said that the impeachment probe against him passed by the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, will trigger a political trial in the Republican-majority Senate against him, represented a political suicide and a matter of shame for the Democratic Party.