Congress has invited US President Donald Trump to its first impeachment hearing on 4 December. Jerrold Nadler, the Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said Mr. Trump could either attend or stop complaining about the process. If the President does attend, he would be able to question witnesses. It would mark the next stage in the impeachment inquiry, which centres on a July phone call between Mr. Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The probe is looking into whether Mr. Trump used the threat of withholding US military aid to pressure Ukraine into investigating the Bidens, currently the front runner to be the Democratic candidate in next year’s presidential election, and his son Hunter Biden, who had previously worked for Ukrainian energy company Burisma.. The president has denied any wrongdoing and has called the inquiry a witch hunt.
- Thirty-five state ministers and three deputy ministers were sworn in before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential secretariat this morning. The list of the newly appointed State Ministers and Deputy Ministers is as follows
- The speaker recognizes Ranil Wickremasinghe as the Opposition Leader.