Steve Bannon has called for Republicans running the Senate impeachment trial to go ‘full Trump’ by scheduling a string of witnesses helpful to the US president and allowing it to last for months.

Mr Bannon, who was Mr Trump’s 2016 election campaign manager, urged the party leadership to use their Senate majority – which gives them the power to set the trial’s rules – to ignore calls for a short hearing.

He told The Daily Telegraph that Joe Biden, the former US vice president, and his son Hunter Biden should be forced to give evidence – a provocative move sure to trigger a heated row with Democrats if adopted.

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