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The never-ending impeachment hearing

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The dividing lines between Democrats and Republicans in the impeachment process are clearly drawn. That was on plain display in the first public impeachment hearings on Wednesday. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a Democratic congressman, said of US President Donald Trump's behavior in the Ukraine affair: "If this is not impeachable conduct, what is?"

Devin Nunes, the highest ranking Republican member of the committee, contrasted this view, saying the "impeachment sham" was a "carefully orchestrated smear campaign" by Democrats against the president. It was a familiar talking point.

The questioning of the first two witnesses probably didn't shift the opinion of Trump supporters and opponents who are entrenched in their positions.

DW Washington correspondent Carla Bleiker

Nonetheless, both sides strived to make their case.........

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