George Washington was watching on when Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the US Senate, stood up to talk about impeachment behind closed doors on Wednesday. 

A portrait of America’s first president was hanging above a fireplace in the US Capitol’s Mansfield Room where one of the most senior Republicans in Congress addressed his fellow senators. 

Mr McConnell outlined the dire circumstances the Trump presidency now finds itself in, according to a source familiar with the details who spoke to The Telegraph.

The Democrat-held House of Representatives will almost certainly vote to impeach Mr Trump, he told the room. That could happen as early as Thanksgiving – less than six weeks away.

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